"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.
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 3 days 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 5 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 7 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 10 months ago by David
This book has a great premise and is a fun read; however, i don't think that Law gives enough advice about how to actually NOT get sucked into that "intellectual black... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rebecca Hertsgaard
Believing BS: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law
"Believing BS" is an informative book that identifies eight key mechanisms that can... Read more
This is not the easiest read. The author tries to be thorough, which is not a criticism. But I found myself reluctant to keep picking it up to continue. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rennyrij
This is an excellent book exposing the rhetorical tricks people play and how to avoid being caught up in them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer