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Inoculate Yourself Against B.S.: The Basics

C. Goff
The list author says: "There is no sure-fire way to inoculate yourself against b.s., but you have to start somewhere..."
A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett Student Handbooks)
A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett Student Handbooks)
"First inoculation: Learn the basics of logic. This will get you started, especially for everyday discussions."
Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge International Examinations)
Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge International Examinations)
"Contains a good section on evaluating Internet sources."
Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking
Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking
"Another good starter book, this one takes a more philosophical approach."
Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language
Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language
"Second Inoculation: Learn about basic fallacies and deception tactics. This one is easy and straightforward."
The Thinker's Guide For Conscientious Citizens on How to Detect Media Bias & Propaganda
The Thinker's Guide For Conscientious Citizens on How to Detect Media Bias & Propaganda
"Watch out for bias and propaganda in the "news" media."
The Thinkers Guide for Conscientious Citizens to Detect Media Bias
The Thinkers Guide for Conscientious Citizens to Detect Media Bias
"Kindle version of the above book. Watch out for bias and propaganda in the "news" media."
EPZ How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
EPZ How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
"Another good one on fallacies and deception, more comprehensive than the one above, but not to be read as quickly."
Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery 1st (first) Edition by Richard Paul, Linda Elder (2006)
Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery 1st (first) Edition by Richard Paul, Linda Elder (2006)
"Fallacies..."
Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation (Thinker's Guide Library)
Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation (Thinker's Guide Library)
"Kindle version of the above book."
Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking
Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking
Drive Yourself Sane : Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics, Revised Second Edition
Drive Yourself Sane : Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics, Revised Second Edition
"A study of logic should be balanced with some exposure to General Semantics."
In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
On Truth
On Truth
"Learn to prefer the truth."
A Beginner's Guide to Scientific Method
A Beginner's Guide to Scientific Method
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"Challenges many deeply-held assumptions about how the world works."
Amway Motivational Organizations: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors
Amway Motivational Organizations: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors
"While the book is mostly about Amway, chapters 9, 10, 11 and 12 are relevant to the study of deception. The tactics described are applicable to manipulation of various kinds, especially in certain religious groups. Perhaps not the best overall book on the subject, but worth reading."
Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics)
Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics)
"Socrates through the eyes of his student Xenophon. Any honest truth seeker should be familiar with Socrates. This doesn't mean believe everything he says, but understand his way of seeking the truth."
The Last Days of Socrates
The Last Days of Socrates
"Socrates through the eyes of his student Plato. Don't believe everything he says (unless he convinces you), but learn his way of seeking truth."
On Bullshit
On Bullshit
"The name says it all. Not as academic as some might like, but a good quick read."
Bullshit and Philosophy: Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
Bullshit and Philosophy: Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition)
"The classic work on persuasion aimed at marketing. Many "non-marketing" professionals use these same tactics, such as car salesman, evangelists, politicos, etc."
Covert Persuasion: Psychological Tactics and Tricks to Win the Game
Covert Persuasion: Psychological Tactics and Tricks to Win the Game
Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there
Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there
Understanding Religious Conversion
Understanding Religious Conversion
The Faith Healers
The Faith Healers
Twisted Scriptures
Twisted Scriptures
Toxic Faith
Toxic Faith
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
Don't Think Of An Elephant!/ How Democrats And Progressives Can Win: Know Your Values And Frame The Debate: The Essential Guide For Progressives (Paperback + DVD edition)
Don't Think Of An Elephant!/ How Democrats And Progressives Can Win: Know Your Values And Frame The Debate: The Essential Guide For Progressives (Paperback + DVD edition)
"People of any political side should read this."
Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision
Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision
"Continues the discussion above..."
The Counter-Creationism Handbook
The Counter-Creationism Handbook
Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction
Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction
You Are STILL Being Lied To: The NEW Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths (Disinformation Guides)
You Are STILL Being Lied To: The NEW Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths (Disinformation Guides)