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About the Author
Tom Phillips is a journalist and humor writer based in London. He was the editorial director of BuzzFeed UK, where he divided his time between very serious reporting on important issues, and making jokes. He studied Archaeology & Anthropology and the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, and is pleasantly surprised to be working on a book that actually makes use of them. Over his career Tom has been a member of a very briefly acclaimed comedy group, worked in television and in Parliament, and once launched an unsuccessful newspaper.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B081LH34VH
- Publisher : Hanover Square Press; Original edition (May 5, 2020)
- Publication date : May 5, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 10531 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #986,884 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some potential reasons might be wishful thinking, making a quick buck off mugs, not wanting to admit to previous mistakes, feedback loops (A makes claim, B believes it because A said it, B becomes more confident in claim because A believes it) , inability(or too lazy) to fact check or a simple lack of information about something makes us more likely to believe any old nonsense about it.
The book goes over dubious claims from history such as ginger bat people living on the moon, or early European explorers of Africa claiming to have found the mountain range of Kong, this was confirmed by multiple explorers and put on maps, which is odd because no such mountain range existed. A quack doctor claimed to improve male bedroom performance using transplanted goat testicles, his first client fathered a child so it seemed to work but then clients started dying.
I found this book to be a lighthearted fun read through some questionable claims from history.
I did find at moments I thought it was a bit too jokey and too sweary, and I was expecting it to be a bit more psychology based rather than packed full of examples in history where humans have been caught lying (in his defense though this is what the summary does say - it's about how it's existed throughout history, I just hoped for more!). There are a lot of points where it goes into more depth and some eurika moments like when he says people that actually lie are in fact heavily invested in the truth. But trawling through endless examples of historic lies felt like he was looking for too many points to back up his thoughts, to which it kind of sounds like a school assignment where everything needs backing up with facts and dates! But he does say the reason he's done this is so people can check it (there are citations). So in the nature of the book, the truth is key (or up for interpretation).
I think this book would be good for somebody who feels passionate about the truth and wants lots of facts to use in debates on something like fake news or lying politicians - the author seems very balanced in his views and doesn't tend to jump to one sided judgments. I've given it four stars because it's taught me a lot, it's very interesting and he is funny and obviously knows what he's talking about. So for the target audience, it's great. I'm just not sure this suits someone like myself who is more interested in psychology and behaviour - I'm not saying it doesn't contain anything intriguing in these subjects because it does, but I think I just misjudged the book.
In a nutshell, it's an entertaining read with lots of references, and the conclusion is very honest and inspiring in how we can make the future better which makes it all worth reading.