Created: Tuesday, 29 December 2020 12:11
Published: Tuesday, 29 December 2020 12:11
Just four years ago the word of the year in the monumental Oxford English Dictionary was "post-truth" (posttruth), defined as "argumentation, characterized by a strong appeal to emotionality, which, based on widespread beliefs and not verified facts, it tends to be accepted as truthful, influencing public opinion ”. This means that while the scientific community promotes evidence-based behaviors and strategies, modern society may have arrived at a new model in which what matters is not truthfulness but attention and social signaling (McCarthy et al. , 2020). This often results in the dissemination of speculative, misleading or reinterpreted information as certain.
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