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Information overload

Having too much information can cloud our judgment, especially around big decisions

In a world where a ceaseless barrage of information, opinion, advertising and spin makes not for clarity but confusion, it is inevitable that people will fall back on what their guts say to make decisions. The relentlessness of the news and opinion cycle is exhausting, and it gives people an uncomfortable sense of being manipulated by interests whose real agenda is unclear.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Rachel Sylvester argues that the EU referendum has started a re-alignment of British politics while Roger Scruton and Jay Elwes say that it has thrown Britain into a bout of self-examination with the fundamental question of who we are as a nation at its centre. In addition, Peter Mandelson says without reform the EU could fall victim to a populist uprising. Also in this issue: Philip Ball explores quantum entanglement, George Magnus looks at the political situation in Brazil ahead of the Olympics and Adam Mars-Jones unpicks the work of Steven Spielberg. James Cusick looks at the impact of the Chilcot report and Kathy Lette explains what the world would be like if she was in charge.
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