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Fake News and Fake Science in the Age of Misinformation

We could say that the whole reason the Skeptical Inquirer exists is to counter misinformation. And in this era of ubiquitous social media and electronic outlets, that is an increasingly tall order. Everybody now has the equivalent of their own printing press, and nearly everyone seems to think they are an expert. One result is a plethora of misinformation. This may indeed be the Age of Misinformation, a term we first used as the theme of our CSICOP conference in 1996, just when widespread public Internet access and email was getting underway. Two decades later, the problem has only intensified.

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