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How can we turn back the tide of post-truth politics, fake news, and misinformation that is damaging our democracy? First, by empowering citizens to recognize and resist political lies and deceptions: Using cutting-edge neuroscience research, we show you the tricks post-truth politicians use to exploit our mental blindspots and cognitive biases. We then share with you stra How can we turn back the tide of post-truth politics, fake news, and misinformation that is damaging our democracy? First, by empowering citizens to recognize and resist political lies and deceptions: Using cutting-edge neuroscience research, we show you the tricks post-truth politicians use to exploit our mental blindspots and cognitive biases. We then share with you strategies to protect yourself and others from these threats. Second, by addressing the damage caused by the spread of fake news on social media: We provide you with effective techniques for fighting digital misinformation. Third, by exerting pressure on politicians, media, and other public figures: Doing so involves creating new incentives for telling the truth, new penalties for lying, and new ways of communicating across the partisan divide. To put this plan into action requires the rise of a Pro-Truth Movement - a movement which has already begun, and is making a tangible impact. If you believe truth matters, and want to protect our democracy, please read this book, and join us. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward have teamed up to help citizens learn to protect themselves from lies, and empower them to put truth back into politics.


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How can we turn back the tide of post-truth politics, fake news, and misinformation that is damaging our democracy? First, by empowering citizens to recognize and resist political lies and deceptions: Using cutting-edge neuroscience research, we show you the tricks post-truth politicians use to exploit our mental blindspots and cognitive biases. We then share with you stra How can we turn back the tide of post-truth politics, fake news, and misinformation that is damaging our democracy? First, by empowering citizens to recognize and resist political lies and deceptions: Using cutting-edge neuroscience research, we show you the tricks post-truth politicians use to exploit our mental blindspots and cognitive biases. We then share with you strategies to protect yourself and others from these threats. Second, by addressing the damage caused by the spread of fake news on social media: We provide you with effective techniques for fighting digital misinformation. Third, by exerting pressure on politicians, media, and other public figures: Doing so involves creating new incentives for telling the truth, new penalties for lying, and new ways of communicating across the partisan divide. To put this plan into action requires the rise of a Pro-Truth Movement - a movement which has already begun, and is making a tangible impact. If you believe truth matters, and want to protect our democracy, please read this book, and join us. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward have teamed up to help citizens learn to protect themselves from lies, and empower them to put truth back into politics.

30 review for Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    A work based on ignorance: the good old times were perfect, and here's the "experts" to fix the current times. Another push for some NGO leeching off governmental money. A work based on ignorance: the good old times were perfect, and here's the "experts" to fix the current times. Another push for some NGO leeching off governmental money.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Branch

    First of all, I’m in full agreement with the authors that this is an extremely important topic. The cynical attitude that “all politicians lie” is ridiculous, and it should never have been acceptable. People who say that are effectively giving up on improving our government and society, and it reflects badly on them. I agree with Sam Harris who says (in Lying) that “By lying, we deny others a view of the world as it is.” and “Every lie is a direct assault upon the autonomy of those we lie to.” T First of all, I’m in full agreement with the authors that this is an extremely important topic. The cynical attitude that “all politicians lie” is ridiculous, and it should never have been acceptable. People who say that are effectively giving up on improving our government and society, and it reflects badly on them. I agree with Sam Harris who says (in Lying) that “By lying, we deny others a view of the world as it is.” and “Every lie is a direct assault upon the autonomy of those we lie to.” This book follows up on the concept of the Pro-Truth Pledge, introduced by Tsipursky as an attempt to encourage people to commit publicly to telling the truth. While the Pro-Truth Pledge represents an effort to hold people, in particular public figures, accountable for their statements, this book tries to address the problem of lying politicians from the other side: training people not to be taken in by the dishonesty. This approach gives the book a tone that leans a bit heavily on leadership training and self-help instructions. As someone who’s familiar with evolutionary psychology and its findings of how the human mind works, I’m already aware of the cognitive biases we all share to some extent. But for those who aren’t, there are some informative and useful lessons here. And for those who want to dig deeper on these subjects, I recommend not only the Kahneman classic, Thinking, Fast and Slow, but also Mercier and Sperber’s more recent book, The Enigma of Reason, which presents a surprising challenge to the largely accepted dual system model of thinking. Anyway, the authors here focus on Trump, with good reason, as the “first post-truth president”, and chapter 2 presents a reasonable analysis of recent politics, attributing Trump’s success to a combination of these cognitive biases, for example, the “rosy retrospective” effect, in which people feel nostalgia for a time and place that wasn’t ever as great as it’s claimed to have been. While largely insightful, I think the analysis misses the mark in some places. The authors assert that “A lie only works when it fools people.” (p. 34) This is really not the case with Trump, who is not a liar in the traditional sense of someone who hopes people will believe that he’s telling the truth. Instead, he simply states whatever it is he wants to believe (and wants others to believe) at any given moment, without regard to evidence or even whether he himself has previously stated the opposite. His supporters are likely not “fooled” but they choose to defend him anyway. This point is made later in the book, along with extensive evidence that Trump represents a particularly egregious example of a lying politician. In spite of the focus on Trump, there’s perhaps an excessive attempt to address “both sides” (a bit ironically, since the problem of false equivalence is covered in chapter 4). For example: “Republicans, suffering from confirmation bias, failed to update their beliefs. Let me clarify that there is no reason to suppose that in a similar situation Democrats would have responded differently. Confirmation bias affects us all.” (p. 52). I understand the reason for this approach: since conservatives are a more significant source of the problem at the current moment in history, they are therefore the most important target audience for this book, and it’s worthwhile to make it clear that this is not a partisan explanation. Chapter 4, with its discussion of the illusory truth effect and other important concepts, is particularly good, and it ends by addressing the other major target audience on this topic: the media. While the authors give meaningful advice to reporters, I hope that higher level media decision-makers also read this book. Chapter 5 covers the weaponization of social media in the service of politics, and it’s sad, though not surprising, to find that deceptive practices come naturally to those who are willing to lie for their cause - or even just to make money. The discussion of collaborative truth seeking covers some of the same ground as content available online, and while it’s certainly correct that society would benefit from more effort to find truth and less debating to win, I’m skeptical that the approaches described here have a real chance of being widely adopted outside of the already committed group of truth seekers. In any case, readers are encouraged to take the pledge and join the movement, perhaps a bit too insistently, and this also reiterates some of the material available online about it. I have to admit that I cringed when reminded that the pledge doesn’t apply to “spiritual speech” (p. 169). Again, I understand that we hope to convince everyone, not just atheists, that the truth is important. However, allowing religious believers to affirm that they’re adhering to the pledge while making statements that they claim to _know_ are true _without evidence_ seems like a glaring loophole in the otherwise solid intellectual integrity that the pledge represents. I’m also a bit skeptical about the discussion of the backfire effect. The authors acknowledge that it “may seem counterintuitive” - and it does! But of course I’ve read about it, and I trust the science behind it. It’s the proposal to get around this effect that doesn’t completely convince me. In the example of the Trump supporting podcast host who was convinced to take the pledge, Tsipursky reports his tactic of “[v]alidating Coleman’s emotions, and mirroring his wording while subtly redirecting our conversation...” Setting aside the possibility that this approach could itself be seen as deceptive, is there follow up data to suggest that he actually stuck to the pledge? If Coleman continued to support Trump, that seems unlikely. Tsipursky considers the possibility that pledge takers might later “recant” and says that his “...experience so far indicates that’s not the case.” (p. 211). But the real question is not whether they recant, but whether they actually live up to the conditions of the pledge. For example, do they publicly “Ask people to retract information that reliable sources have disproved even if they are my allies.” (in Coleman’s case, this would be Trump and his supporters)? In summary, this is absolutely a valuable book, addressing a topic of critical importance, introducing approaches to reducing dishonesty in society, and including references to numerous academic studies and other references to back up the conclusions reached here. Although I’m pessimistic about the likelihood of achieving a truthful society by following these recommendations, that’s not necessarily a criticism of the material, but rather reflects my pre-existing views of human nature. I certainly hope that can be overcome, so that more people will recognize the need for truth, and this book is a solid contribution to that goal. Note: an electronic copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda B,

    While reading it, I felt that Gleb Tsipursky had been reading my mind. The level of detail (stories, lies, reveals) is remarkable. If you haven't taken the Truth Pledge yet, this book will give you compelling reason to do so, and it doesn't matter what political persuasion best describes you. This is wisdom for our difficult times for all of us. While reading it, I felt that Gleb Tsipursky had been reading my mind. The level of detail (stories, lies, reveals) is remarkable. If you haven't taken the Truth Pledge yet, this book will give you compelling reason to do so, and it doesn't matter what political persuasion best describes you. This is wisdom for our difficult times for all of us.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leland Beaumont

    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky knows firsthand the costs of eroding truth. When he was a child his family left Moldova to escape the destructive lies and deceptions that dominated the political and civic conversations at that time. He went on to study behavioral science and establish the Pro-truth pledge. Working with co-author Tim Ward they now bring us a book that analyzes the post-truth era from the perspective of a behavioral scientist and pragmatist. We learn how post-truth predators exploit frailties o Dr. Gleb Tsipursky knows firsthand the costs of eroding truth. When he was a child his family left Moldova to escape the destructive lies and deceptions that dominated the political and civic conversations at that time. He went on to study behavioral science and establish the Pro-truth pledge. Working with co-author Tim Ward they now bring us a book that analyzes the post-truth era from the perspective of a behavioral scientist and pragmatist. We learn how post-truth predators exploit frailties of human nature and our cognitive biases, and how opportunists driven by unhelpful incentives exploit the growth of social media. The result is a “tribal epistemology”— where the only basis for truth is loyalty to your team. Truth is presented as a common good that is susceptible to the tragedy of the commons. Recognizing truth as a common good introduces many analogies with the environmental movement. The book describes steps we can take to avoid further descent into the tragedy of the truth-and-trust commons. Upholding the pro-truth pledge can help to reverse eroding trust in government, decay of media sources, and restore valuable commons, trust in government, trust in reliable media, and fact checking. We can attain a collaborative truth-seeking where we are “searching for truth together.” The chapter on the backfire effect is especially helpful because it provides practical suggestions for overcoming the common and counter-intuitive effect where presenting facts causes others to strengthen their opposing position. The centerpiece of the work is the pro-truth pledge, which I signed a few years ago. Those who take the pledge commit to carry out twelve behaviors to share the truth, honor truth, and encourage truth. People who choose to sign the pro-truth pledge gain “…the benefits of building a more truth-driven public culture, and fighting the pollution of truth in politics.” The authors cite early research indicating that signing the pro-truth pledge improves truthful behaviors in social media sharing. The book is relevant, readable, and practical. It is politically balanced, transpartisan, well-researched, and includes many timely and relevant examples. Each chapter ends with a useful summary of terms, and these terms are collected at the end of the book, along with the references cited throughout the text. Read this book, take the Pro-truth pledge, and do your part in rebuilding the common good of trusted reporting and trusted government. Know what you know, and how you know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beornn McCarthy

    What do you get when you bring a journalist and a behavioural scientist together who both deeply care about the truth in politics? This book. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward's Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics (2019) should be on the shelf or device of anyone who cares about the future of truth-seeking behaviour. Published by Changemakers Books, it's a clear and incisive book about weighty matters that is somehow so light and refreshing to read that you won't be able t What do you get when you bring a journalist and a behavioural scientist together who both deeply care about the truth in politics? This book. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward's Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics (2019) should be on the shelf or device of anyone who cares about the future of truth-seeking behaviour. Published by Changemakers Books, it's a clear and incisive book about weighty matters that is somehow so light and refreshing to read that you won't be able to put it down. Above all, it's of great help to members of the community who wonder how they can impact politics and public conversations for the better. The book well and truly answers the key and urgent question that sits at its heart: when standards for truth-seeking behaviour are slipping daily in contemporary democracies, how do average citizens restore them? Tsipursky and Ward offer a range of different forms of advice and active, positive solutions informed by both research and experience. Among them are managing our own cognitive errors, engaging in positive conversations, listening rather than lecturing, leaving our political comfort zones, collaborating with others and making simple commitments such as the Pro-Truth Pledge. The authors point to ways that we can manage our own biases and mental errors. We're all in danger of believing these mistakes and fast judgements, most of all when we go with our gut. It's made clear in the book that a hard effort to adopt a better process for thinking has a better overall outcome: it allows us to make better decisions, engage with people in more truthful rather than deceptive ways, and filter out the mass of false information in the media and social media that preys on fast thinking and cognitive distortions. One of the great achievements of the book is to show how an effort to improve our conversations, our thinking and our understanding of others can lead to these better and more truthful outcomes. While some in society try to convince us otherwise, critical thinking and positive engagement can take us further than negativity, judgement and manipulation. The Pro-Truth Pledge is the showpiece of this book, an evidence-based tool that has been shown to work in politics in the United States to encourage truth-seeking behaviour. It takes only minutes to sign up to the Pro-Truth Pledge, and join the hundreds of institutions and individuals who have taken it. The reward of pledging is a renewed and publicly visible commitment to honouring, encouraging and sharing the truth. It's this book that convinced me to support and volunteer for the Pro-Truth Pledge in Australia, and I think you should follow me, read this book and sign up to the Pro-Truth Pledge: https://www.protruthpledge.org/ Running throughout the book is the reasonable concern that democracy will slip into an authoritarianism that flourishes on lies. While the example of Donald Trump's election of 2016 and Brexit are the key political stories in this book, if a reader who leans to the conservative side of politics is not convinced about these stories of misinformation in decision making and is more concerned about partisanship, they would need to read the book more closely to see there's no simple liberal bias here. Republicans like John McCain come in for praise for their ethical awareness that the outcomes of the system are bigger than any one individual's capacity to get away with lies. There is one thing that is more "satisfying than 'winning'", as McCain puts it, and that's supporting a society that does better for everyone rather than satisfies the few. The brilliance and society-building power of Pro-Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics is that no matter your politics if you commit to reading it from cover to cover you will likely come away believing that McCain's maxim is true.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul Goldstein

    A study greatly relevant and needed for our times has been recently published by political science scholars Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward. Pro-Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics is at once an insightful analysis of the various structures of political deception, and a useful practical manual for guiding political discourse in the direction of truth and honesty. The analysis is remarkably comprehensive, describing numerous common methods of politicians in ignoring, distort A study greatly relevant and needed for our times has been recently published by political science scholars Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward. Pro-Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics is at once an insightful analysis of the various structures of political deception, and a useful practical manual for guiding political discourse in the direction of truth and honesty. The analysis is remarkably comprehensive, describing numerous common methods of politicians in ignoring, distorting, or exaggerating the truth for partisan political purposes. The authors clearly describe and categorize such devices as cognitive biases, deceptive hyperbole, false consensus effect, false equivalence, group attribution error, illusory truth effect, obfuscation, and rosy retrospection, to name some representative examples. Donald Trump is the political figure most extensively analyzed - although other politicians are also included, both in the U.S. and globally. The text was completed in 2019, and is largely based on the American federal elections of 2016 and 2018. Therefore the particular issues of 2020 are absent, though it is easy to recognize and analyze the deceptions of 2020 from the information skillfully presented. But even more important than the detailed analysis of political deception is a prescription of what can be done to combat this persistent civic blight, to encourage a renewed politics of truth and honesty. To this end the authors have devised a Pro-Truth Pledge, with numerous specific points to share the truth, honor the truth, and encourage the truth. The pledge is specially geared towards politicians, but ordinary citizens can also apply this pledge in their everyday lives, and spread these principles to others. Increasing numbers of politicians have already signed the pledge, and the text includes discussions on how pledge signers can help to enforce the promises of truth on other signers (particularly those in the public eye). Other helpful suggestions are included in chapters about rationality of communication and collaborative truth seeking. It is pointed out that it is necessary in many cases to earn respect and empathy from those who are habitually deceptive, in order to effectively steer them towards truthful discourse. Simple assertion of facts contradicting false statements is often not sufficient in these cases, observe the authors, and could lead to a “backfire” effect – an intensification of the original deceptions. There is extraordinary clarity in the text, which reminded me of some traditional advice for public speakers: “First tell them what you will say; then say it; then tell them what you just said.” Every chapter of the text includes an introductory section, the main information, and then a summary (generally in the form of a glossary of the specific concepts discussed). This clarity of organization would make the text especially useful in an academic course of study. During our times, in which dishonesty is so prevalent on the political scene, a book like this – well written and carefully structured, so gleaming with wisdom and insight – is exactly what is needed. (And let us hope that those who need to read it will!) I commend the authors for this valuable guide to current political rhetoric, and for the important suggestions to help steer that rhetoric towards truthfulness and honesty, ultimately helping to shape a more ethical, thoughtful, and rational world. - Paul Goldstein

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fern

    I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy of Gleb Tsipursky & Tim Ward's new book, 'Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back into Politics', & its release feels very timely - it's exactly what we need right now, given the current political landscape, both in the US, & in many other countries (like Australia, where I'm from, for example). Gleb & Tim go to great effort to not just shine a light on the many ways a political post-truth era is beginning to gain influence, bu I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy of Gleb Tsipursky & Tim Ward's new book, 'Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back into Politics', & its release feels very timely - it's exactly what we need right now, given the current political landscape, both in the US, & in many other countries (like Australia, where I'm from, for example). Gleb & Tim go to great effort to not just shine a light on the many ways a political post-truth era is beginning to gain influence, but also provide practical ways to combat this, encouraging readers to join with other pro-truth advocates to push back against the tide of bullshit & prevent the dawning of the post-truth political era, for real. I found the structure of the book, which breaks down the many ways truth is being sapped from politics into chapters devoted to specific topics - the 2016 US election, mainstream media, social media, etc. - easy to read & understand, despite the sometimes-grim reality of the subject matter some parts covered. I particularly appreciated the practical component at the end of each chapter, suggesting realistic, actionable ways in which we can fight for truth despite the chapter's aforementioned forces working against it. I also appreciated the brief summary of important terms each chapter contained, at the end of the chapter, something which my ailing memory was particularly grateful for - I haven't read many books of late, & my attention span has suffered a massive decrease in reliablity accordingly. The manner in which the book was layed out so thoughtfully, & in such an easy-to-read way, made the reading experience a pleasure, despite the seriousness of the topics, & their implications, something I wasn't expecting going in, but which I'm very grateful for, having read it. All in all, this is a great book, for people who are passionate about advocating for truth in politics (in the US, & worldwide) despite the encroacing darkness of post-truth influences. If you, like me, are feeling a little overwhelmed at the seemingly never-ending flood of bullshit polluting the political landscape, this book may be the ray of hope you've been needing - it certainly was for me. It's helpful to be reminded of practical ways in which to push back, & to be given suggestions of how to find other, like-minded individuals with whom to build solidarity, & unify our efforts & energy, especially when it's feeling a bit futile & hopeless, as it sometimes does. My gratitude goes out to Gleb & Tim for weaving in sufficient hope throughout each chapter, making the process of championing truth seem a little more achieveable. I value this hopefulness & encouragment immensely! Kudos, Gleb & Tim - you've done an excellent job with this book, & it's complimentary to the excellent work you do with the Pro-Truth Pledge & Movement - thank you! Everyone, please consider taking the Pro-Truth Pledge at https://protruthpledge.org , & encouraging politicians & public figures to do likewise - the Pro-Truth Pledge website has plenty of resources & guides on how to go about doing this, & there is a community of likeminded individuals, also passionate about this cause, & eager to provide encouragement & advice along the way. Together, we can triumph over bullshit & champion truth!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo Anne

    In today’s environment, we are living in a society wherein truth is rapidly distorted. A great example of this is social media. We are significantly affected by the things that we see on our phone screens that cause our minds to be blinded by the truth. In a generation where deceptions are somewhat recurrent, it is of importance that we should prevail with the truth. A colleague introduced me to this book entitled “Pro-Truth” and I was curious what would be the contents of this book. Pro-Truth t In today’s environment, we are living in a society wherein truth is rapidly distorted. A great example of this is social media. We are significantly affected by the things that we see on our phone screens that cause our minds to be blinded by the truth. In a generation where deceptions are somewhat recurrent, it is of importance that we should prevail with the truth. A colleague introduced me to this book entitled “Pro-Truth” and I was curious what would be the contents of this book. Pro-Truth talks about mainly the political aspect of our society, the spectrum of lies, the cognitive biases each one of us are vulnerable with and debiasing strategies we can use. If you’re a truth-seeker, you will gain a lot of insights. In this book, I have learned about the different scope of lies and what they are about based on given scenarios. Back then, when I started voting for political candidates, I cast my vote based on other’s opinions without really digging deep on the interests of every candidate. I just assumed that this politician is a good choice because a lot of people believed in what they were saying. I must say that I lack judgement when it comes to choosing the right candidate. If I have read this book way before, I think I would be more engaged in exercising my political rights by knowing the truth. What really stuck when I was reading the book was in Chapter 8 where it talks about rational communication and the backfire effect. More often than not, we are susceptible to our reactions when we are communicating our beliefs and ideas to others and that we may be unguarded to cognitive bias called “backfire effect”. We can see a lot of heated arguments especially when it comes to political views. In this chapter, I have learned about how we can engage in a more productive political conversations, awareness and regulations of one’s emotion, being sensitive to the emotional charge some statements will have for certain people, listening actively to the other person, and learning to read their emotional state by using tactics. Communication seems to be easy, but it involves a lot of work. With this, I have learned a lot from this topic and on how we can communicate rationally not with logic and ideas but based on behavioral science. Pro-truth also discusses how we are wired with different cognitive biases. I think the cognitive bias that I am vulnerable to is the “Dunning-Kruger effect”. It must be hard to admit this, but sometimes I feel that I can do things beyond my ability in thinking that this is only a challenge I must overcome. Lately, I have been trying to assess this bias which leads to another bias called “pessimism bias”. I have to do some debiasing strategy to help me with this. Lastly, reading this book is definitely worth your time. It will help you in a way to improve yourself and become better when it comes to decision making and being aware of one’s self.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruona Sargin

    It's a good thing I was able to read this book. A lot of people uphold the truth in today's world especially in politics and other organizations. Sometimes they tend to uphold the truth to keep relationships with leaders or colleagues. A lot of people play politics in business organizations, institutions, and most especially in politics. This book has helped me a lot in areas of speaking the truth, has helped me in building my charisma, and improved my way of being generous to others. I remember wo It's a good thing I was able to read this book. A lot of people uphold the truth in today's world especially in politics and other organizations. Sometimes they tend to uphold the truth to keep relationships with leaders or colleagues. A lot of people play politics in business organizations, institutions, and most especially in politics. This book has helped me a lot in areas of speaking the truth, has helped me in building my charisma, and improved my way of being generous to others. I remember working for an organization that we were needing some new workers to hire for the organization. The manager then has conspired with some labor agents who supply workers to him to get commissions monthly which would be taken off the worker's salary every month. We had an application board outside the company that lots of qualified candidates were coming in to submit their applications for qualification for the open position. The manager with a selfish mind gave the MD the impression that no candidates were coming but a lot of candidates have submitted their CVs which he has ignored several times a lot of them have been thrown into the dust bin without even looking at them. I was aware of this because the manager and I were good friends and often seen him several times disposing of people's credentials. I kept it a secret which wasn't a good one thinking about the candidate's pains while searching for jobs, they spent money creating cv's not knowing that these CV's will end up in a dust bin. If I had read this book then I would have definitely not upheld the truth because the MD asked me personally if anyone was coming and I had to play politics with my friend (Lie by omission) saying no one has come. I felt bad about this to cut long story short the MD later found out and we both suffered the consequences. I was suspended and given a query while my friend was fired. I gained nothing for upholding the truth which I never kept the truth I would have gained the MD trust and wouldn't have been suspended/given a query. After reading this book I understand how misinformation can be damaging so always speaking the truth would definitely make a society, organization, and state a better place. I will always speak the truth to make my country Nigeria a better place. I was a victim of Confirmation Bias. For the situation of manager and organization, I went against my current belief which made my emotions very uncomfortable because I had to lie by omission protecting my friend which I wasn't comfortable with. It's a good thing I read this book as henceforth I will try all possible best to choose that which it's comfortable to my emotions. A lovely book. I wish all politicians can read this book as it will definitely help in making the country and society a better place. Thank you

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Leigon

    I don’t like to repeat myself, but I must say, AGAIN: another terrific book by author and behavioral scientist, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, that is right on target for our times! Dr. Tsipursky tandems with Tim Ward, author of four novels of spiritual journalism, including “What the Buddha Never Taught” and “Arousing the Goddess”. Their goal? To share with us a strategy for addressing a foundational element of change we desperately need in these politically chaotic times. Change that will help us return I don’t like to repeat myself, but I must say, AGAIN: another terrific book by author and behavioral scientist, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, that is right on target for our times! Dr. Tsipursky tandems with Tim Ward, author of four novels of spiritual journalism, including “What the Buddha Never Taught” and “Arousing the Goddess”. Their goal? To share with us a strategy for addressing a foundational element of change we desperately need in these politically chaotic times. Change that will help us return to some sense of normalcy and balance. Our democracy is deeply mired in mistrust, tribalism and fear, and our current political climate reflects this! How can we make effective decisions about our future when we cannot trust our politicians, those we have elected to guide our collective efforts? The central question at the root of our present political dilemma is: how can we possibly find a shared pathway forward when all we encounter are lies, half-truths, conspiracy theories and fake news, and a complete absence of accountability? If we cannot have some reasonably common understanding of what truth is, if our politicians can consistently manipulate our perceptions and our votes without our being aware of it, how can we restore trust in our politics? The authors offer us an effective solution. Using current behavioral research, they give us a clear understanding of how politicians manipulate our emotions and cognitive biases to gain our attention and support, and then they show us how to defend against them. Next, they show us how fake news is spread on social media and what we can do to limit how much it affects us. And lastly, they offer us ways to exert pressure on our politicians, to give them incentives to honestly engage with those they represent, and to be held accountable for what they say and what they do. The authors lay before us a concrete way to take action in the form of the Pro-Truth Movement. “Armed with accumulated research from studies on truth and lies, decision-making and cognitive biases, and successful pro-environmental interventions, a group of scholars and citizens” led by Dr. Tsipursky, launched the Pro-Truth Pledge in December 2016. The final chapter of this book explains how it works, how it can help us regain trust in our politicians, and the potential positive effects we can have on our politics if we are willing to be part of the solution. In these times, when it’s difficult to know what to do or how to do it, the Pro-Truth Movement is concrete action we can take that can produce real results. These innovative leaders, and their outside-the-box thinking may be the perfect remedy for what ails us.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kezia Tabago

    A BRILLIANT READ. Irrespective of what you do, you must read this textbook of human behaviour & how amazingly complex our minds are decisions are. I recommend as the author has gathered some very interesting information from which many people can benefit. The author does a good job of presenting a wide range of psychological traps and irrational tendencies to which humans fall prey. The book is well written(although somewhat wordy at times) and easy to read. Although people aren’t rational, they A BRILLIANT READ. Irrespective of what you do, you must read this textbook of human behaviour & how amazingly complex our minds are decisions are. I recommend as the author has gathered some very interesting information from which many people can benefit. The author does a good job of presenting a wide range of psychological traps and irrational tendencies to which humans fall prey. The book is well written(although somewhat wordy at times) and easy to read. Although people aren’t rational, they aren’t randomly irrational, either. Instead, they are predictably irrational, in a way that can be studied and measured, and be built into a more realistic economic theory: behavioural economics. Dr. Tsipursky explained this concept and the flow of the mind very efficiently in this book with empirical evidences and case studies. There are many enlightening passages which resonated well and were profound. If anything, most people will come away much better informed about a range of human flaws after reading this book. With case studies about Republicans and the general public in the Rasmussen reports, its apparent that Confirmation Bias is rampant. Just like them, I suffer from this bias more than and among other kinds of biases. This was apparent during instances I was in denial even though the truth, backed by evidences, stared me right in the face. The content as laid out by Dr. Tsipursky will help me improve and accept that in some instances, the truth, no matter how discomforting, will always be what it is: the truth. I found myself looking back on personal experiences while reading the book, especially about the ten lies. I can’t count the different times people and myself are guilty of the ten lies and the biases (ANCHORING was my latest, YIKES!). I am specifically reminded of an investment decision I was faced with and on what broker to put my money in. However, this book is an example of the authors thoughtfulness can be reflected in their use of different colours to label the various types of lies that we often tell, often without being fully conscious of what we are doing. The presentation is vivid, and the ideas easy to commit to memory. Had I known of these concepts and how to catch on from earlier, I wouldn’t have made a mistake in my investment decision. Moving forward, with concepts of this well written material, I will surely remind myself of the biases I always tend to make.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laszlo Makay

    Pro Truth - but for yourself too As the presidential election is slowly getting closer, it doesn’t hurt to prepare for the flood of news, opinions, fake news, alternative facts, accusations, disinformation and outright lies pouring into our social media accounts. Frankly, I don’t think that this book can turn this tide before the vote. But it surely will try. And even if we cannot turn this wave soon, we can prevent ourselves carried away with it. Besides I strongly recommend this reading to all, Pro Truth - but for yourself too As the presidential election is slowly getting closer, it doesn’t hurt to prepare for the flood of news, opinions, fake news, alternative facts, accusations, disinformation and outright lies pouring into our social media accounts. Frankly, I don’t think that this book can turn this tide before the vote. But it surely will try. And even if we cannot turn this wave soon, we can prevent ourselves carried away with it. Besides I strongly recommend this reading to all, who can have any influence on what and how is published on facebook, twitter and likes. Even if you can’t or don’t step up for a more healthy public discussion, at least you will be aware of the consequences of your actions or idleness. What you can expect from this book? — An excellent review and summary on post-truth politics. It is almost frightening to read all the facts one by one. Precise, detailed, unbiased - yet not boring for a minute. (It is difficult to get bored when you worry about your future …) — A good wake up call for preparation before the presidential election for any side. Timely and informative. — Great analysis on the causes of the post truth tend. (including the usual descriptions of cognitive biases – we always got a package of them from Mr. Tsipursky.) — A good personal guide with many practical recommendation. — A good overview of Pro Truth Pledge initiative with calls for action and motivations from the authors. What you cannot expect from this book? I fear that at a society, election result level it will not be enough against the flood of expertly delivered and high budget manipulations and lies. You can repel the manipulation at a personal level (see above: good personal guide), you can influence your close environment, but we cannot realistically expect a breakthrough in short term. Fighting intentional, systematic and persistent lies is not a 100m sprint, it is a marathon. There are too many actors, too wide ranges of processes leading to the post truth politics. It is a global trend, with many dictators, autocratic leaders and hybrid regimes around the globe. However good initiative the Pro Truth Pledge is, more time is needed to turn this tide. Nevertheless, even the longest journey starts with the first step.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Guinevere Nell

    This book covers an incredibly important topic for our day – the “post-truth” world that we seem to be living in, where the president calls criticism of him “fake news” and newspapers call him out for 20,000 lies. The "lying politician" has long been a trope, and a reality, in politics in America and elsewhere, but things have changed recently – the division created and stoked purposefully, supercharged by social media targetted stories and disinformation, out of control conspiracy theories, and This book covers an incredibly important topic for our day – the “post-truth” world that we seem to be living in, where the president calls criticism of him “fake news” and newspapers call him out for 20,000 lies. The "lying politician" has long been a trope, and a reality, in politics in America and elsewhere, but things have changed recently – the division created and stoked purposefully, supercharged by social media targetted stories and disinformation, out of control conspiracy theories, and a president who refuses to back down when confronted with evidence and who tweets and retweets disinformation and divisive memes. But what can be done to stem the tide of disinformation and help us to find common ground and shared truths? This book starts out making some very important distinctions including 9 types of lies, from vagueness to gaslighting. Does it matter whether a politician exaggerates or misleads? Whether they use blatant lies or lies of omission? And what about how often they lie - in each of these ways? Why should we care, and what should we expect from politicians who use these different techniques to achieve their ends? The book explains how a post-truth politician plays by different rules and in so doing can pave the way not only for increased corruption but also for authoritarianism (what has been called “Active Measures” by intelligence agencies). By looking at cognitive biases and the techniques and ways of speaking used by post-truth politicians and media, we can see how we have been manipulated and begin to undo it. Very well written for the layperson, this book does not talk down to the reader but does not expect a lot of previous knowledge, and can be used as a teaching tool, especially as terms are repeated at the end of chapters as they would in a textbook. There are non-partisan and bipartisan examples - both real and hypothetical – and always a reasonable tone. This is, indeed, what the book is trying to teach: how to have an effective, rational and reasonable conversation instead of an angry debate. There are a lot of great metaphors and analogies, along with references to a great number of scientific papers and newspaper articles, and a sprinkling of citations to other important pop-econ and pop-science books, but it never feels like a heavy, difficult, or academic book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kay

    I related most of what the authors write in Pro-Truth to climate truth, as they did to political truth. It holds up perfectly. I started following Gleb Tsipursky on social media with his Intentional Insights group, and from there signed the Pro-truth Pledge. My passion and volunteerism is centered in the environment. I work for climate crisis solutions, especially living in Butte County CA, where we had 4 climate-accelerated disasters in less than 3 years: 2017 Oroville Dam Collapse, 2018 Camp Fi I related most of what the authors write in Pro-Truth to climate truth, as they did to political truth. It holds up perfectly. I started following Gleb Tsipursky on social media with his Intentional Insights group, and from there signed the Pro-truth Pledge. My passion and volunteerism is centered in the environment. I work for climate crisis solutions, especially living in Butte County CA, where we had 4 climate-accelerated disasters in less than 3 years: 2017 Oroville Dam Collapse, 2018 Camp Firestorms, 2020 Bear Fire and North Complex fires, with the Covid 19 cherry bomb on top. Therefore I related most of what the authors write in Pro-Truth to climate truth, as they did to political truth. It holds up perfectly. For example, in this recent article by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentis... The same post-truth world is revealed when we find that, like politicians, corporations use all the same tactics described in this book: “In 2017, we published the first peer-reviewed analysis of ExxonMobil’s 40-year history of climate change communications. We found that the company and its parents, Exxon and Mobil, misled the public about climate change and its severity. Central to this conclusion was the contrast between what Exxon and ExxonMobil scientists said in internal reports and scientific articles versus what Exxon, Mobil, and ExxonMobil told the public in non-peer-reviewed publications and in “advertorials” – paid advertisements dressed up to look like opinion pieces – in The New York Times. Newly leaked documents, reported recently by Bloomberg News, show that ExxonMobil’s climate dishonesty is even worse than we thought. In other words, ExxonMobil drew up plans to expand fossil fuel production, internally calculated how much this would increase their carbon dioxide emissions, then failed to disclose those estimates to investors. Indeed, the company has never publicly disclosed its emissions forecasts.” Until we can agree on what constitutes truth, we cannot agree on the common good, the commonwealth, the very basis of society. We are not each the other's enemy. We must find common ground on verifiable facts ~ science, not emotions, not ideology, not tribal blindness, not using or being manipulated by false or targeted advertising, not any of the constructs that keep us separate. We must find a way in this time of multifaceted crises to agree that we all want the same basic things: to be happy and not suffer, to eat, be clothed, be sheltered, to feel safe and part of something larger than just self, to love and be loved. That has to start with the truth, and the Pro-truth pledge is simply a movement back to the commonwealth of all of us and a new agreement to hold one another accountable to truth.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Precious Quinte

    Knowing the truth gives me peace of mind. We receive different information every day and sometimes we find it hard to identify what is real or not. If you are the type of person who truly seeks truth, then this book is for you. Each time our president delivers a State Of The Nation Address I am always reminded how divided our country, the pros, and the antis. The antis focus on distorting and twisting the news, publishing out of context articles, posting fake news on social media, and showing a v Knowing the truth gives me peace of mind. We receive different information every day and sometimes we find it hard to identify what is real or not. If you are the type of person who truly seeks truth, then this book is for you. Each time our president delivers a State Of The Nation Address I am always reminded how divided our country, the pros, and the antis. The antis focus on distorting and twisting the news, publishing out of context articles, posting fake news on social media, and showing a video clip in the news that could lead to misinformation. The sad thing is a lot of people believed it immediately without doing some proper fact-finding and I find myself engaging in toxic political conversations. With this, I am very guilty of the horns effect that I started generalizing that all antis are present just to spread mean news or comments and developed hate to the antis that I even made social media accounts attacking those social media people who keep on blabbering things that are clearly fake. Our president and the current government is not perfect, but it saddens me to see citizens who keep on blaming the government in everything that this country is facing. While reading this book, I learned about five Es to help me communicate rationally, the emotional states, empathy, eschew emotionally charged utterances, echo, and express your emotional reality. I find these five Es really helpful to me especially because I tend to get carried away easily each time I read or see hateful news or posts, I find it difficult to manage my emotions and find myself having the urge to immediately fight back, which I know it is not the right thing to do. When it comes to political matters I find myself vulnerable to pessimism bias because I know not all politicians are genuine enough and show true care of the country, plus some hard-headed citizens who know nothing but to keep on complaining and blaming everything to the government. Now that I have read this book, I believe this is a good tool to continue my journey in truth-seeking. I just wish that a lot of people will be able to read this great book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josiah Mergele

    The goal of Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics is to convince the read, regardless of political affiliation, of the importance of truthfulness in politics, and for those who already think it’s important, to give them tools and avenues to become an activist. It breaks down two recent political events; In the United States, the Trump Presidency, and in the UK, Brexit, and uses them as a case study for post-truth politics. It also incorporates numerous other examples The goal of Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics is to convince the read, regardless of political affiliation, of the importance of truthfulness in politics, and for those who already think it’s important, to give them tools and avenues to become an activist. It breaks down two recent political events; In the United States, the Trump Presidency, and in the UK, Brexit, and uses them as a case study for post-truth politics. It also incorporates numerous other examples of post-truth events from other areas of the world, and uses behavioral studies to analyze why they’re successful, all while arming the reader against such techniques and explaining why they’re harmful to democracy. The book tends to end each chapter with a few short tools that the reader can use to help them in overcoming the issues talked about in the chapter, and also have a brief definition or restatement of key terms. Throughout the book, it references numerous behavioral studies, and uses them to explain how certain strategies by post-truth politicians work. Each study is properly referenced after the book conclusion for further reading. Though contemporary, the two main examples the book uses, Trump and Brexit, both are right-leaning issues. The book is careful to make sure that it emphasizes that it’s not affiliated with any political side or party, and that the concepts cross political lines, though most examples do come from conservative parties (Sometimes these or followed or led with left-sided examples of the same thing). With that in mind, despite the book explaining why conservative-sided politicians tend to use these strategies more, there is a possibility for the book to be polarizing if the reader comes in with a predisposed defensive position (which is also addressed in the book) Overall, I think this book, the topics and ideas covered in it, are vital for democracy worldwide, and have personally added it to my list of ‘must read’ books. Any citizen of a democracy cannot afford to be unfamiliar with the contents of this book to some degree, in particular if that democracy is threatened by post-truth politicians.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kh. Monjurul

    Excellent Book! This is an excellent book and it is one of the most important book in my collection. I see it as an element to understand the human condition, and a road map of practical steps for living better, both within ourselves and with those around us. A few years ago I had a cognitive bias called the “Bandwagon effect” and made a wrong decision. Most of the people were supporting a specific political party and I also started supporting them too. I worked for the political party and arrange Excellent Book! This is an excellent book and it is one of the most important book in my collection. I see it as an element to understand the human condition, and a road map of practical steps for living better, both within ourselves and with those around us. A few years ago I had a cognitive bias called the “Bandwagon effect” and made a wrong decision. Most of the people were supporting a specific political party and I also started supporting them too. I worked for the political party and arranged different election campaigns for them. By this way I helped them to spread their fake news and false election manifesto. After the election the party was elected with a huge margin and after some time they started showing their real face. They spread corruption all over the country and killed democracy and the right to vote. If I got this book in the past I would never support the current ruling party of my country. I become surprised when I learn the influence of social media in the US election. And also the false advertisements on Twitter that influenced the American voters. I learned a lot from this book and also gathered the knowledge that social media is full of fake news and we should verify those news before we trust them. I might be vulnerable to “Curse of knowledge” bias. As I told earlier in the last election of our country, the majority of people were supporting a specific party, and I also thought that I should support them too. At that moment my father who is an experienced politician told me to not support that party. I didn’t hear his advice and made the mistake. After the party was elected; they started showing their real face. Now all of us are searching for a way to get rid of them. As you know I’ve been suffering for not following the truth seeking strategies. For this reason I would definitely support and join the Pro-Truth Movement by Dr. Gleb and start fighting for truth.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Wozniak

    For the past week, I have been inundated with comments, videos, and essays on the decline in newspaper staffing and the need for journalists who can research events and analyze not just the events, but, the people behind them. The book, Protruth, by Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward, addresses this same need in our post-truth world. The post-truth world is reliant upon emotions over facts. Protruth, the book, also examines the rise of electronic, or social, media which enables the development of our s For the past week, I have been inundated with comments, videos, and essays on the decline in newspaper staffing and the need for journalists who can research events and analyze not just the events, but, the people behind them. The book, Protruth, by Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward, addresses this same need in our post-truth world. The post-truth world is reliant upon emotions over facts. Protruth, the book, also examines the rise of electronic, or social, media which enables the development of our situation. The book is both useful and easy to read, due to its organization. It begins by asking why we should care about truth in politics and gives the reader a straight-forward answer. The authors illustrate their meaning both with accounts that could come from everyday life and with references to stories “ripped from today’s headlines.” Both forms explain different types of falsehoods using the language of psychologists. Each chapter ends with glossary that reinforces the definitions used. Other chapters examine The Behavioral Science of Political Deception; The Truth and Tragedy of the Commons, and advocates for Collaborative Truth-Seeking Instead of Argument. The authors give us tips on Truth-Seeking, as well as what is referred to as the Back-Fire Effect. Most of them deal with self-control in various forms. I see several ways this book can be used. Although a course called either government or civics seems not to be taught in American high schools, this book should be on the syllabus if the course is revived. It could make an interesting introduction to a course in psychology at either the high school or college freshman level. I can see a family with children in middle or high school using this book for a series of family discussions. And, if you or your most combative best friend are suffering from political exhaustion, this is a book to read together.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    A practical guide on the importance of truth and how to defend it, with real world examples and practical advice. From the starting point of the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, the book broadens to a more general discussion of truth, lies and good and bad decision making with very practical advice. It discusses a broad range of topics, from behavioural science, the role of social and classical media to communication strategies and concludes with a clear call to action, which A practical guide on the importance of truth and how to defend it, with real world examples and practical advice. From the starting point of the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, the book broadens to a more general discussion of truth, lies and good and bad decision making with very practical advice. It discusses a broad range of topics, from behavioural science, the role of social and classical media to communication strategies and concludes with a clear call to action, which has already proven to have a unifying power for people with a variety of backgrounds and opinions. Even though this book makes an effort to clearly define and explain all the scientific and psychological concepts it deals with (and there are quite a few), it is a very easy and engaging read. Insisting on a non-partisan stance, many fictitious as well as real world examples - from both sides of the political spectrum - are used to illustrate the mechanisms and effects of lies and the ways and importance of upholding the truth. At the end of each chapter, a summary of the important terms referenced is provided, and there is no lack of references to external literature and scientific papers and articles for further reading. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward help us not to mistake what is comfortable with what is true and to identify our evolutional cognitive biases. I have often felt caught out by my own prejudices, errors of reasoning and susceptibility of being manipulated, and this is one of the greatest compliments I can pay to the book. So even though the dangers of poor decision making, corruption and the rise of authoritarianism are made evident, the book provides you with the tools to approach these challenges with optimism. I came out of this read with a much clearer view on the issues and tactics of post truth politics and at the same time feel less helpless thanks to the practical advice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tasnuva Tonny

    Great Read!! I simply admire the concept of Pro-Truth pledge. This book is one of the most innovative solutions to the problems posed by the post-truth era. It’s quite helpful as this book outlines strategies for bolstering a truth-telling and strategies for building a larger movement that will have implications for our democracy for decades to come. This book would have been helpful in the past as I just came to know about how we all suffer when there is a lack of orientation to the truth, and h Great Read!! I simply admire the concept of Pro-Truth pledge. This book is one of the most innovative solutions to the problems posed by the post-truth era. It’s quite helpful as this book outlines strategies for bolstering a truth-telling and strategies for building a larger movement that will have implications for our democracy for decades to come. This book would have been helpful in the past as I just came to know about how we all suffer when there is a lack of orientation to the truth, and how mindful we must be to overcome our biases and bad habits. Previously sometimes it was difficult for me to take proper decisions as I wasn’t concerned about the term “searching for truth together,” After reading this book I could find optimal solutions in agreement with others. What I read proved surprising and unexpected to know about Illusory truth effect which is a mental error that causes us to perceive something to be true when we hear it repeated frequently and persistently, regardless of whether it is objectively true, or whether or not we are presented with evidence supporting it. From now onwards I will try to avoid mental errors thus I could make the best decisions possible for myself, for my team and for my organization. I might be vulnerable by Group Attribution Error. It is to blame large groups for the behavior of a few members is a classic mistake of the human mind. This error involves taking one person’s attitudes and behavior to represent accurately the opinions of a group to which this person belongs. In my previous office I had to go through this. For few people’s minor mistake our client misunderstood the entire team & rejected the project. It was quite hurting for us. This book is quite helpful because it’s a simple method of aligning the entire globe around a commitment of collaboration, whilst letting individuals come up with the great ideas.

  21. 4 out of 5

    June Lyn

    This book is very informative especially during this time, that the world is dealing with COVID-19. By reading this book you would learn to distinguish the lies from the truth. You can evaluate those politicians who did their part to fulfill their promises during the election and the others who are liars and are just using deceptive hyperbole to get the people's votes. I am very lucky to be privileged to have read this, indeed it helps equip myself to be aware of my thinking errors. I remember wh This book is very informative especially during this time, that the world is dealing with COVID-19. By reading this book you would learn to distinguish the lies from the truth. You can evaluate those politicians who did their part to fulfill their promises during the election and the others who are liars and are just using deceptive hyperbole to get the people's votes. I am very lucky to be privileged to have read this, indeed it helps equip myself to be aware of my thinking errors. I remember when I cast my vote last 2016 election, some of the politicians I voted were because of my father's choice. I selected them because of the opinion of other people. And then today, you would see those politicians in a comfortable position and seem not to have cared for the people who are suffering due to the pandemic. If I read this book back then, I should have done fact-checking resources for me to know and evaluate those types of untruth discussed in this book. There are a lot of insights I found in this book, and one of these that hits me hard is the phrase "Become a Rational Voter and Avoid the Traps of Political Deception". Dr. Gleb is right when he says this book serves a training manual for our brain, from here I can learn to categorize a politician's level of deceptiveness and I can avoid being manipulated by them psychologically by being wise in decision making, doing my thorough research and not relying on others who to vote and not. I can definitely apply this learning to the next election. After reading this, I could say that I am guilty of the Confirmation Bias, rejecting the right information because I just want and stick to my existing beliefs. We should use the debiasing strategy to protect us from the danger brought by this cognitive bias.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Sargin

    I love to speak the truth and I always do my best to ensure that truth is always heard. When I came across this book, I was curious to understand the title being Pro-Truth. I wanted to know if I could learn something new before getting the truth out or why the truth must be a priority. I'm truly glad I read this book. When I read this book, I understood the Science of the Illusory Truth Effect. The illusory truth effect is a mental error that causes us to perceive something to be true when we hea I love to speak the truth and I always do my best to ensure that truth is always heard. When I came across this book, I was curious to understand the title being Pro-Truth. I wanted to know if I could learn something new before getting the truth out or why the truth must be a priority. I'm truly glad I read this book. When I read this book, I understood the Science of the Illusory Truth Effect. The illusory truth effect is a mental error that causes us to perceive something to be true when we hear it repeated frequently and persistently. Regardless of whether a statement is false or true, the more we hear it, the more likely we are to believe it. If I had known about this effect in the past, I would have acted differently when I passed judgement on a colleague concerning a project we were working on together. I made him the victim and I was wrong for doing that. The book has given me a better picture to portray the truth at a different perspective and angle and is glad to have learned something special. A cognitive bias called the Bandwagon effect is something I'm vulnerable too. This is when people do something primarily because other people are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs. I've learned that once you can understand the other person’s feelings, the next vital step is to convey your message in an emotionally and socially intelligent manner. To be clear, by “echoing” Rosenberg doesn’t mean endorsing, or appearing to endorse, false beliefs the other person may hold. I'm happy to keep this information dear as my Key take away. Great book for truth seekers!

  23. 4 out of 5

    James Melvin

    This is an amazing book worth sharing. I gain so much learning from it, like how to value your vote by casting it to the worthy candidate. This book has also helped me to improve my decision making by learning how to verify, balance, and clarify the facts from lies. This book helped me realized the wrong decisions I made when I voted some politicians that are not supposed to be in their position right now. If I could have read this book before the election in 2016, I could have voted wisely. I ch This is an amazing book worth sharing. I gain so much learning from it, like how to value your vote by casting it to the worthy candidate. This book has also helped me to improve my decision making by learning how to verify, balance, and clarify the facts from lies. This book helped me realized the wrong decisions I made when I voted some politicians that are not supposed to be in their position right now. If I could have read this book before the election in 2016, I could have voted wisely. I chose some politicians because of my friends' choice without doing background checks and also by following my gut, only to find out how incompetent these leaders eventually are now. I chose to listen with their flowery words, comforting lies and believing they could make the country better than the past administration, instead of doing research about their agenda. After reading this book, I agree that we should stand up for truth in politics because this is what the world needs to move and thrive. I also learned how to identify the kinds of lies, especially the glittering generality, which I believe most of the politicians have used to manipulate voters by applying emotionally appealing words without showing supporting proof/information. With all the cognitive biases discussed in this book, I am really vulnerable to the halo effect, I tend to make positive evaluations overall about a person by just basing to one positive thing they do, without doing fact check and I am glad to be able to read this Pro-Truth book where I can start correcting my thinking errors.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Randall Saunders

    Politics has always been vulnerable to exaggeration, distortion, and outright falsehoods. But in 2016 truth was perceived to be under such siege that the Oxford Dictionaries christened “post-truth” its Word of the Year. In light of this development, “Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics,” a new book by behavioral science expert Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and communications expert Tim Ward, reasserts the importance of truth over falsehood, and provides a practical guide for re Politics has always been vulnerable to exaggeration, distortion, and outright falsehoods. But in 2016 truth was perceived to be under such siege that the Oxford Dictionaries christened “post-truth” its Word of the Year. In light of this development, “Pro Truth: A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back Into Politics,” a new book by behavioral science expert Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and communications expert Tim Ward, reasserts the importance of truth over falsehood, and provides a practical guide for reprioritizing truth in society. The first two-thirds of the book is largely an examination of the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit Referendum, analyzed from the perspective of how our cognitive biases and mental errors make us susceptible to manipulations of the truth. The last third of the book is a plan of how to reestablish truth as the cornerstone of public discourse, in part via a movement called the Pro-Truth Pledge (www.protruthpledge.org), and also with techniques for improving our interpersonal communications so as seek out the truth. With another US presidential election on the horizon, this book is particularly relevant to Americans. But readers all over the globe will easily recognize in their own societies the dynamics analyzed in the book. In fact, the tips for improving interpersonal communications, such as collaborative truth seeking over argument, or avoiding the backfire effect (that is, avoiding alienating the person you’re conversing with), are applicable in all areas of our lives. (Full disclosure: Gleb Tsipursky is a friend of mine, and I’m a volunteer for the Pro-Truth Pledge.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Sone

    In a post-truth era, how can we sort through manipulation, deception and our own boundaries of knowledge and experience to arrive at truths we can personally believe and share with others? How can we adopt an effective lexicon, habits of contemplation, and methods of communication to most effectively share those truths with others? Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward's Pro Truth is a tour de force synthesis of political and behavioral science insights, with a sprinkling of sociology and psychology, In a post-truth era, how can we sort through manipulation, deception and our own boundaries of knowledge and experience to arrive at truths we can personally believe and share with others? How can we adopt an effective lexicon, habits of contemplation, and methods of communication to most effectively share those truths with others? Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward's Pro Truth is a tour de force synthesis of political and behavioral science insights, with a sprinkling of sociology and psychology, into the vital role that the sharing of beliefs and knowledge can and does play in our social accommodation of one another. The corrosive effects of a culture where the "first liar doesn't have a chance" demand we each have a toolkit for lie detection, callout, and accountability when mistruths are promulgated. Pro Truth describes the present degree of deliberate disinformation and exposes the tragedy of the commons of shared truth. But the heart of its message lays out a roadmap to recovery. Drawing on the growing body of science behind emotional and social intelligence, The authors distill those essential skills for evaluating the feasibility of our own judgements and navigating the minefield of alternate worldviews, identities, and group memberships. The reader will soon discern the advantages of collaborative truth-seeking over mere debate for sport. Efficient in argument, precise in diction, and elegant in organization, Pro Truth is a primer for the restoration of empathy, civility, and unity in our political conversations. While appropriate for everyone striving to be a better citizen, I intend to recommend it to all of my students of Government.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Herb Silverman

    As founding president of the Secular Coalition for America, I’m pleased to have been an early signer of the Pro-Truth Pledge, where I’m listed as a public figure. I hope we can convince enough politicians to sign the pledge, which creates more incentives for them to tell the truth when they know we will hold them accountable. It would be nice if people could agree on verifiable facts based on evidence and science. When that happens, we can collaborate for the common good. One barrier to understa As founding president of the Secular Coalition for America, I’m pleased to have been an early signer of the Pro-Truth Pledge, where I’m listed as a public figure. I hope we can convince enough politicians to sign the pledge, which creates more incentives for them to tell the truth when they know we will hold them accountable. It would be nice if people could agree on verifiable facts based on evidence and science. When that happens, we can collaborate for the common good. One barrier to understanding what is true is Confirmation Bias. This is the tendency to process and analyze information in such a way that it supports prior beliefs and values while ignoring data that is not supportive or contradictory. As Gleb points out, this type of cognitive bias has a significant effect on the proper functioning of society by distorting evidence-based decision-making. Such bias frequently occurs when people get their news exclusively from social media. Unfortunately, we are living in a post-truth era, where many people are more likely to accept arguments based on emotions and beliefs, rather than on facts. Another word for “alternative facts” is “lies.” This outstanding book, making use of cognitive science, provides an excellent roadmap and practical information on how we might work to overcome this post-truth era, This is especially crucial as the presidential election approaches, a time when we need to strengthen the secular character of our government.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    If you have any interest in the truth or falsehood of statements you hear or read, then this book is a "Must Read" for you. We are constantly being subjected to statements made by politicians, newscasters, salespeople, and others about the truth or falsehood of various problems facing us today. This book will give you some tools to analyze these statements and help you make better decisions. To be aware of potential manipulation of our opinions by various pundits and others, we need to know about If you have any interest in the truth or falsehood of statements you hear or read, then this book is a "Must Read" for you. We are constantly being subjected to statements made by politicians, newscasters, salespeople, and others about the truth or falsehood of various problems facing us today. This book will give you some tools to analyze these statements and help you make better decisions. To be aware of potential manipulation of our opinions by various pundits and others, we need to know about "Confirmation Bias" and our lack of "Critical Thinking" when trying to determine the truth or falsehood of various positions. Confirmation bias is a desire to see and hear only those things that support our beliefs and values. If we encounter viewpoints that differ from our pre-conceived opinions, we either ignore the new ideas or distort them to fit our existing positions. Critical Thinking involves examining things from different viewpoints and seeking opinions from experts in those viewpoints. In analyzing a particular play in a football game, the opinion of a retired NFL player should carry more weight than the opinion of a devoted fa. A partial solution to the problem of today's lack of honesty is "The Pro Truth Pledge". If followed, this pledge will go a long way in helping foster truth from our media and from our politicians. Besides holding the powerful, to tell the truth, society will benefit as a whole from regular citizens being more truthful in their everyday interactions with other citizens.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    “All politicians lie.” This is something I’ve heard for as long as I’ve shown any interest in politics, more than half a century, and on both sides of the Atlantic. Certainly, we can all agree, there is an element of truth to this pithy statement which can easily be proved with a little research of facts. However when one politician uses it to justify lying after being caught out, or simply says "I'm not lying, I'm giving you 'alternate facts'", it should sound alarm bells in our heads. Sadly, a “All politicians lie.” This is something I’ve heard for as long as I’ve shown any interest in politics, more than half a century, and on both sides of the Atlantic. Certainly, we can all agree, there is an element of truth to this pithy statement which can easily be proved with a little research of facts. However when one politician uses it to justify lying after being caught out, or simply says "I'm not lying, I'm giving you 'alternate facts'", it should sound alarm bells in our heads. Sadly, and increasingly, over the last few years, those alarm bells have fallen silent. The spreading of misinformation, alternate facts and outright lying have not only become part of normal political discourse, they have become acceptable to a large part of the general population. In this seminal work “Pro-Truth A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back into Politics”, authors Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward outline for readers why it is essential for a democratic society to reintroduce truth back into political and social discourse before this turns into the Pro-truth era experts warn us about. The authors trace the steps that brought us to this critical juncture in our history and offer a step by step plan to resist post-truth politics and join the growing Pro-Truth Movement. Highly recommended for all those concerned about the state of democracy today, book clubs, and would make an excellent addition to school Civics Curricula.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ka Mejias

    The truth matters. All of us would want to seek the truth. We don't want to be caged in a society full of pretensions and fake truth. This book by Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward entitled Pro Truth, A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back into Politics will help us filter information regarding politics. In a society where we are governed by the chosen people, the government, per se, we can escape from any political baits. I have been counting on free broadcast television as one of my sources of info The truth matters. All of us would want to seek the truth. We don't want to be caged in a society full of pretensions and fake truth. This book by Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward entitled Pro Truth, A Practical Plan for Putting Truth Back into Politics will help us filter information regarding politics. In a society where we are governed by the chosen people, the government, per se, we can escape from any political baits. I have been counting on free broadcast television as one of my sources of information. Later did I realized that they are feeding us fake news and biased reporting. This book helps me seek the truth. Instead of reading the headline, I have learned to read or listen to the whole truth. I can assess factual reporting from opinion because of this book. After reading its content, I have now become a responsible citizen. We don’t want to live in a world where our free minds are dictated. We have to stand up and speak up on what we believe to be the real truth. We held ourselves accountable in any information we have obtained. Seek for more than one sources. Assess and be the guardian to bring back truth to the society. This book is a timely good read. Kudos to the awesome authors!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Avwenceslao

    Our minds are constantly receiving various information from various sources. Be it be from the internet, radio, or in print and even from talking with several people, we have been receiving tons of information. It's just so amazing that our minds could filter such. How do we spot real and fake information? How would we react? This book is a great deal to help us assess and respond to the true story. I don't want to be a victim of fake news nor will I be a contributor to it. Fortunately, this boo Our minds are constantly receiving various information from various sources. Be it be from the internet, radio, or in print and even from talking with several people, we have been receiving tons of information. It's just so amazing that our minds could filter such. How do we spot real and fake information? How would we react? This book is a great deal to help us assess and respond to the true story. I don't want to be a victim of fake news nor will I be a contributor to it. Fortunately, this book can help me separate the fake from the truth. I spend most of my waking time in front of the computer and my source of information is always on the web. Technology is a very powerful tool. Just by one click, you will be directed to the information your mind wants to believe. What I have read will play with my emotions and the sad part is, I am too engrossed to realize that the news was not true. I react intensely. Verifying the news was never my habit and my actions would speak for it. It is just disappointing since my integrity would be at stake. Should I read the book earlier, I would know how to control my actions. The book developed my mindset to be skeptical. I verify first what I read. I used my cognitive skills before I react. With the help of this book, I have been calm and not totally affected by what I know.

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