How to Create Doubt
Tonight marks the final formal debate between the two presidential candidates and I’m asking my students to consider the question: How do we create doubt?
When you listen to the debate and hear arguments about “truths,” how are the truths created?
Some filmmakers examine the question in Merchants of Doubt, a 2014 documentary that peels away the layers of truth-construction between scientists and politicians.
The film artfully shows how truths are manufactured.
I’ve dusted off my blog from last October to revisit the film because truth-construction will crystallize in tonight’s debates.
The documentary Merchants of Doubt knocks down lies one by one.
And then the film knocks down assumptions, one by one.
But it’s hard to know what’s worse: the lies we tell each other, or the lies we tell ourselves?
Merchants of Doubt shatters the first lie by exploring the scientific, peer-reviewed studies about global warming.
Wide-spread rumors that scientists disagree is actually false. Continue reading