Promote the need for sincere information for a democracy based on trust

Gérald

BRONNER

Gérald Bronner is a professor of sociology at the University of Paris-Diderot, member of the French Academy of Technologies and the National Academy of Medicine. His work focuses on collective beliefs, errors of reasoning and their social consequences. He has published several books on these issues, including L'empire des croyances (Puf, Paris, 2003), which was awarded a prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, and La démocratie des crédules, for which he has received numerous prizes (Prix de la revue des deux Mondes, Prix Sophie Barluet CNL, Prix de l'Union rationaliste, Prix des Lumières). His book La pensée extrême - Comment des hommes ordinaires deviennent des fanatiques (Puf, Paris, 2016) received the prestigious EUROPEAN AMALFI PRIZE for Sociology and Social Sciences. He has published numerous articles in international academic journals and is an editorialist at Le Point, a columnist in Pour la science, the Nouveau Magazine Littéraire, the 28 minutes program on Arte OUVRAGES, and I24news.

WORKS

Déchéance de rationalité, Paris, Grasset, 2019.

Cabinet de curiosités sociales, Paris, Puf, 2018.

Le danger sociologique (avec Etienne Géhin), Paris, Puf, 2017. Traduction arabe : fondation Abdul Aziz (2019) Crédulité et rumeurs (avec J-P. Krassinsky), Le Lombard, Bruxelles, 2018. Traduction allemande / italienne.

Belief and Misbelief Asymmetry on the Internet, Londres, ISTE, 2015.

La planète des Hommes – réenchanter le risque, Paris, Puf, 2014. Prix de la Revue Risque 2015.

 La démocratie des crédules, Paris, Puf, 2013. Traduction italienne, éditions Aracne (2017), Traduction arabe : King Saud University Press (2019)
Traduction coréenne : CHAEK-SE-SANG (en cours).
PRIX ADRIEN DUVAND, ACADEMIE DES SCIENCES MORALES ET POLITIQUES - 2014
PRIX PROCOPE DES LUMIERES - 2014
PRIX SOPHIE BARLUET (CNL) - 2014
PRIX DE LA REVUE DES DEUX MONDES -2013

The Future of Collective Beliefs, Oxford, Bardwell Press, 2011.

L’inquiétant principe de précaution (avec Etienne Géhin), Paris, Puf (Collection Quadrige), 2010 – réédition 2014.

La pensée extrême, Paris, Denoël, 2009. Publication augmentée Paris, Puf, 2016. EUROPEAN AMALFI PRIZE For Sociology and Social Sciences. Traduction en Italien : editions Il Mulino, Rome, 2012.

L’empire de l’erreur – Eléments de sociologie cognitive, Paris, Puf (collection Sociologies), 2007

Coïncidences – Les représentations sociales du hasard, Paris, Vuibert, 2007 – Deuxième édition Paris, Vuibert, 2009

Vie et mort des croyances collectives, Paris, Hermann, 2006

Manuel de nos folies ordinaires (avec Guillaume Erner), Paris, Mango, 2006

L’empire des croyances, Paris, Puf (Collection Sociologies), 2003. Réédition en poche (Puf, Quadrige) 2018.

PRIX ADRIEN DUVAND, ACADEMIE DES SCIENCES MORALES ET POLITIQUES - 2004

L'incertitude, Paris, Puf (collection Que-sais-je ?), 1997. Traduction en arabe : Éditions Oueidat, Beyrouth, 1999 (traduction du Dr Fouad Chahine)

Les gardiens d’immeubles au cœur de la ville, Bruxelles, éditions De Boeck (en collaboration avec Ellena, Poussou, Sudent et Stébé Eds.), 2002

DEMOCRACY OF THE CREDULOUS - PUF 2013

Why do conspiracy theories infiltrate our minds? Why does media coverage of politics tend to yield to celebrity and tabloid culture? 

Why do we still mistrust men of science?  

How, in general, do imaginary or invented facts, or even outright lies, manage to spread, to gain public support, to influence policy decisions and, in short, to shape a part of the world in which we live? 

Was it not however reasonable to hope that, with the free flow of information and increased levels of education, democratic societies would tend towards a form of collective wisdom? 

This invigorating essay intends, by drawing from numerous examples, to answer all of these questions by showing how the conditions of our contemporary life have combined with the innermost workings of our brains to make us fools. It is urgent to understand this.

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