Knowledge Resistance

How We Avoid Insight from Others

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'At all levels of society, our world is becoming increasingly dominated by an inability, even refusal, to engage with others' ideas. It does not bode well either for democracy or for science. Mikael Klintman's book offers just the kind of in-depth exploration of the issues that surround this disturbing phenomenon that is desperately needed.'
R. I. M. Dunbar, Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford

'Few things could be more important right now than trying to shed new light on "knowledge resistance" in the internet age. It may not be a new phenomenon, but with the way it impacts on our lives today, it is an existential threat to humanity. Mikael Klintman’s book provides valuable perspectives on knowledge resistance and suggests how we, as individuals and societies, can find ways to manage and prevent its harmful forms.'
Björn Ulvaeus, musician and activist

'A must-read, especially in these turbulent times. An insightful approach to a complex issue.'
Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Why do people and groups ignore, deny and resist knowledge about society's many problems? In a world of 'alternative facts', 'fake news' that some believe could be remedied by 'factfulness', the question has never been more pressing. Les mer

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Why do people and groups ignore, deny and resist knowledge about society's many problems? In a world of 'alternative facts', 'fake news' that some believe could be remedied by 'factfulness', the question has never been more pressing. After years of ideologically polarised debates on this topic, the book seeks to further advance our understanding of the phenomenon of knowledge resistance by integrating insights from the social, economic and evolutionary sciences. It identifies simplistic views in public and scholarly debates about what facts, knowledge and human motivations are and what 'rational' use of information actually means. The examples used include controversies about nature-nurture, climate change, gender roles, vaccination, genetically modified food and artificial intelligence. Drawing on cutting-edge scholarship as well as personal experiences of culture clashes, the book is aimed at the general, educated public as well as students and scholars interested in the interface of human motivation and the urgent social problems of today.

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Forlag
Manchester University Press
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781526135216
Utgivelsesår
2019

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'At all levels of society, our world is becoming increasingly dominated by an inability, even refusal, to engage with others' ideas. It does not bode well either for democracy or for science. Mikael Klintman's book offers just the kind of in-depth exploration of the issues that surround this disturbing phenomenon that is desperately needed.'
R. I. M. Dunbar, Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford

'Few things could be more important right now than trying to shed new light on "knowledge resistance" in the internet age. It may not be a new phenomenon, but with the way it impacts on our lives today, it is an existential threat to humanity. Mikael Klintman’s book provides valuable perspectives on knowledge resistance and suggests how we, as individuals and societies, can find ways to manage and prevent its harmful forms.'
Björn Ulvaeus, musician and activist

'A must-read, especially in these turbulent times. An insightful approach to a complex issue.'
Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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