BOOKS

Counterknowledge

Damian Thompson

RRP: £7.99

1 July 2008

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843546764

We are being overwhelmed by dangerous nonsense. From 9/11 conspiracy theories to Holocaust denial, from creationism to unorthodox medicine, there is now an epidemic of demonstrably untrue descriptions of the world.

For Damian Thompson, these unproven theories and spurious claims are forms of ‘counterknowledge’; spread not least by the internet, they are creating a global generation of misguided adherents who repeat these untruths and lend them credence.

REVIEWS

One of the best short contributions to an important argument I have ever read. Cleanly and crisply written, entertaining and clear, and packed with factual ammunition.Matthew Parris
Spectator

A short and punchy book, written with passion and humour... it leaves you slightly breathless, full of new thoughts and, occasionally, mildly embarrassed about your own credulity.
Independent

After reading this impressive study the reader will be convinced that we are indeed in desperate times.
Observer

The perfect little riposte to the cultic milieu in which we suddenly, somehow, appear to have found ourselves... Now we can counter the counterknowledge.
Irish Examiner

A lively, spare polemic that crackles with witty indignation.
International Express