In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is at stake and how to ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of the government and the media. Whether the issue be the call to what we’re told will be a bloodless war, the “debate” around Intelligent Design, or the meaning of a military expenditure, Baillargeon teaches readers to evaluate information and sort fact from official and media spin.
NORMAND BAILLARGEON is Professor of Education Fundamentals at the University of Québec in Montreal, where he teaches on the history of pedagogy and the philosophy of education.
Le monde diplomatique
Normand Baillargeon puts us on guard against… the deceptions of pseudoscience [and] media-orchestrated manipulation. … A compact and accessibly written guide to the detection and treatment of things sneaky and mendacious.
Grit and Roses
… A compact and accessibly written guide to the detection and treatment of things sneaky and mendacious.
My personal feeling is that citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy. -Noam Chomsky