People generally assume that oft-repeated “facts” are accurate, so truth-seeking skeptics and scholars play an important role in debunking false stories. But what happens when these myth busters replace one falsehood with another? Who holds them accountable – and are skeptics less likely to accept their own factual fallibility than others? getAbstract recommends this essay to truth-seekers interested in the evolving nature of facts – even, or perhaps especially, those touted by intellectual giants.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why “fake facts” are alluring,
- Why experts are susceptible to perpetuating them and
- How scholarly experts create “supermyths.”
About the Author
Daniel Engber writes about science and culture for Slate, Wired and other publications.