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Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation Paperback – October 16, 2012
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- Nicholas Capaldi, director, Center for Spiritual Capital, Loyola University New Orleans, and author of The Art of Deception
"This highly readable and entertaining book is full of wonderful examples of BS. It also provides a very useful compendium of the warning signs of BS. We all need to build some immunity to BS - especially youngsters. This book is a good place to start."
- Dr. Stephen Law, philosopher and author of Believing Bullshit
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I would recommend three more constructive books:
*Michael Shermer: Why do people believe weird things (this one tries to understand where do all these strange beliefs come from, and not just offer science antidote).
*Massimo Pigliucci: Nonsense on stilts (this one squarely puts science against law, religion, pseudoscience, and shows how science is different)
*Moti Ben-Ari: Just a theory (basics of philosophy of science in very digestible format: induction, hypothesis, statistics; plus sociology of science, postmodernist critique, reductionism...)
This excellent bit of research alone would make his new book on the art and science of detecting nonsense worth a look. However, he also turns out to be a clear, incisive writer who can tell an interesting story to illustrate a point.
The result is that even inveterate skeptics will find this book a good read. It provides a choice selection of recent hoaxes, conspiracies and false rumours to demonstrate how the tools of skepticism work. Perhaps because the author is a lawyer, the chapter on pseudolaw (legal theory that relies on frivolous arguments) is especially interesting.
As befitting a book on searching for truth, there are extensive notes and references at the end.
Collins' book is particularly engaging and relevant in an age where (thanks to the Internet) misinformation abounds and any crack-pot can create his or her own blog and instantly attract like-minded nutters. A brief glance at the smattering of 1-star "reviews" that this book received here on Amazon is further evidence that such folks don't like getting called out on their delusions. My favorite one is from the guy who announces to us all that he is a Birther, or the type of bloke who refuses to accept that President Obama is a legal, natural-born citizen of the United States. What can rational and reasonable people even say to such characters?Read more ›
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A well-written and highly accessible overview of the many forms of wrong-headed thinking and misinformation from conspiracy theories to pseudoscience. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cogit8tor
This guy is a 2nd rate dis-info agent, waving his "Ra, Ra" flag for the establishment. Counter Intelligence propaganda at it's best. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bob Smith
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool."
This book is based on the simple premise that... Read more
I thought it was a good book and would recommend it, but there seems to be much redundant material. However, I learned a few things from reading it.Published on March 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am disheartened to see the overwhelmingly favorable reviews this confused little volume has attracted. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Jim
People can easily be fooled, and common sense is not always the best indicator of truth. Subject to all sorts of biases and prejudices, even the most rational among us can be... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by G. Wagner
I purchased this book earlier this year (March, 2013) here at Amazon.com
In the first paragraph of Chapter 1, or `Baloney Detection', we find that Collins confidently... Read more
Excellent summary of techniques for denying the deniers. Succinct and definitive. Keep this handy for confronting the conspiracists and other assorted nutcases; would also be... Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Robert Haley