Malign forces are waging a battle for your brain. Fake-news hucksters, political Newspeakers, subversive reality-hackers, trickle-down deconstructionists-they’re clogging the Internet with a miasma of disinformation. It’s tempting to throw up your hands, declare ourselves in a “post-truth” world, and give up trying to make sense of it all. But that means ceding the public sphere to dissemblers and propagandists.
We at WIRED are here to help. Our new video series, Argument Clinic, provides a crash course in critical thinking to help you spot-and combat-nonsensical arguments online. Dismayed by those seemingly un-killable Pizzagate rumors? Check out our first episode, on the Burden of Proof, and watch that conspiracy theory crumble in the face of cold, hard logic.
What’s that you say? It will take more than a couple of minutes of mansplaining to win the battle for your brain? OK, you’re probably right. Still, the best defense against bullshit is a solid offense of clear-eyed analysis. Consider this an opening salvo in what promises to be a long fight for rationality, facts, and the scientific process. We’re glad to have you on our side.