On Rumours: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done

On Rumours: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done

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By (author) Cass R. Sunstein

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 6mm | 90g
  • Publication date: 24 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141044292
  • ISBN 13: 9780141044293
  • Sales rank: 292,866

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Sunstein explores the human propensity for gossip and storytelling, and discusses how our fears and hopes can work against common sense. He also investigates the way that the internet can entrench our false beliefs even deeper, and how the wish to conform, our natural biases and even our basic emotions can cause us to fall for untrue accounts.

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Cass Sunstein is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (on leave). He was previously Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School and Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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Makes for some uncomfortable reading Telegraph Gives long shrift to loose talk The Times Higher Education Supplement Thought-provoking ... extremely relevant Scotsman Compelling ... full of insights Guardian More than just a book: it's a manifesto Prospect