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On The Origins Of Environmental Bullshit

By David Schlosberg/The Conversation

This article is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The series examines today's post-truth problem in public discourse: the thriving economy of lies, bullshit and propaganda that threatens rational discourse and policy.

The project brings together scholars of media and communications, government and international relations, physics, philosophy, linguistics, and medicine, and is affiliated with the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre, the Sydney Environment Institute and the Sydney Democracy Network.

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I grew up in the Long Island suburbs of New York and have vivid memories of running behind the "fog trucks." These trucks went through the neighborhoods spraying DDT for mosquito control until it was banned in 1972.

I didn't know it until much later, but that experience, and exposure, was extended due to the pesticide industry's lies and tactics - what is now labelled "post-truth."

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Posted on July 25, 2017
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Trump's True Believers

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The true believer is rarely concerned with facts. It is futile to judge the viability of a new movement by the truth of its doctrine and the feasibility of its promises.

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Swim Pretty

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Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature.

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Corn Kings and One-Horse Thieves: A Plain-Spoken History of Mid-Illinois

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The history of an often overlooked yet fascinating region of Illinois.

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Textbooks In The Digital World

By Kui Xie and Nicole Luthy/The Conversation
The proliferation of technology tools and resources has transformed the learning landscape. The shift from print to digital has given students and teachers access to content that exceeds the quantity and quality of a traditional textbook. With these advances come more engaging and exciting ways for students (and teachers) to learn.

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