"Stephen Law offers us not only a primer on how not to believe but about why so many people do believe-bullsh*t, despite the lack of evidence for such beliefs, or even in the face of disconfirmatory evidence. It is a roadmap to a promised land free of undue credulity, where the best ideas win and 'intellectual black holes' no longer suck people in. Believing Bullsh*t should be read by every college freshman and every person seeking public office, and its strategies memorized and put to use by every critical thinker." --D. J. Grothe, President of the James Randi Educational Foundation and host of For Good Reason
"Sadly, the people who would benefit most from Believing Bullsh*t are the least likely to read it. We all get taken in by bullsh*t sometimes, though, and if you think you don't, you definitely should buy this book. But you should anyway." --Nigel Warburton, senior lecturer in philosophy, The Open University (London) and author of Philosophy: The Basics.
This was a good book with useful tips for avoiding being as the author puts it "sucked into an intellectual black hole".
For example, isn't it playing the mystery card for the naturalist to insist that undirected processes must have been the origin of DNA?
Don't be mislead by the title: this a very scholarly book written in an easy conversational style that most anyone can grasp.
This book attempts to present a number of logical fallacies, and other shady tactics, in an accessible manner. It fails to do so. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Anthony B
Not bad, but I was hoping for more help in understanding political BS. Law spent a good deal of time on religious BS--which is pretty darn easy to spot on your own.Published 16 days ago by prodarwin
The book is intended to help ordinary folk like me and maybe you to understand the mechanics of influencing people to accept certain ideas and it succeeds brilliantly. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Flat_Tire
One thing the book doesn't explain. How something that doesn't exist, can make You so mad, You feel compelled to write a book about it!Published 2 months ago by esptreeman
An easy read. The author defines several patterns to watch for when discussing emotional topics - both in the arguments of others and yourself (if you find yourself defending a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Walter W. Jones
Regardless of how much real scientific and intellectual progress we make, we continue to be bombarded with baseless beliefs masquerading as truths, long standing myths with no... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ward A. HARRIS
I agree with the review that stated "The ones most likely to benefit are the least likely to read this book".Published 12 months ago by LotharTX
This is one of the best books I have read. Don't be mislead by the title: this a very scholarly book written in an easy conversational style that most anyone can grasp. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David