The Skeptics Guide to the Universe: How To Know Whats Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake : Novella, Steven By

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If you listen to The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast you will already know about this book. If you don’t listen to the podcast; why not? There’s a world of stuff out there that is backed by evidence that is probably interesting that the folk tales, conspiracy thinking, snake oil and pure BS that usually gets rammed down you throat in the popular media.This book is a fantastic resource: a good, entertaining read; a great reference book; and slightly ; ) quicker than catching up with the entire 700+ back catalogue of podcasts. The podcasts are even fun that the book though. Gaborone The critical thinking this book teaches you should be in every school. Be aware of how your brain can deceive you, learn how to avoid errors in your own thinking. Learn about conspiracy theories, UFOs, free energy, denialism, GMOs and vaccines, and how to know which of these are real and which are fake. Learning how to use scientific skepticism in your daily life will make you a better person, and you will enjoy it, I promise. Gaborone I’ve listened to all the podcast for years. I’ve become friends (in a manner of speaking) with the rogues. They’re understanding of skeptical thinking is of the highest quality. So often I’ve wanted a reference guide on my shelf for all the random greatness they’ve rained on us. And here it is! Easy to read, simple to understand and yet no less profound. Read it, gift it, tag it with bookmarks and flags, highlighter on every page, leave on at the local coffee shop as an anonymous patron of critical thinking! Let nothing stand in the way of your development. Love long and prosper fellow rogues… Gaborone Simply put: this is the best thing written on scientific skepticism since Carl Sagan's The Demon Haunted World.The book comprehensively lays out the basics of critical thinking in an easily accessible form with proper sources. It seems to cover everything you would want from an introductory book to the topic. For example, it contains introductions to basic terminology, psychology, biases, fallacies, philosophy of science, demarcation between science and pseudoscience, example cases from the past and today, challenges of media, and the what's the harm question. Further, it provides a reflection on how to apply everything you learn to living a good skeptical life.From the start, the book is aimed especially at those first familiarizing themselves with the epic quest of exploring the world with our fallible human faculties. The introduction and some of the sections in the book are semi autobiographical, bringing a very relatable, human element to the book. And, as a whole, it delivers: this is your definitive skeptics' guide to the universe for the 21st century. Gaborone As the authors have said, they wanted to publish an update of sorts to Carl Sagan's The Demon Haunted World (now over 20 years old) and to a larger extent they have been successful. I'm often surprised by many of my friends who profess a love for science and rational thinking but who don't know the difference between philosophical and scientific scepticism and therefore lack one of the most essential ingredients for a worldview based on rational thinking. It's a great book to give to someone who might be clinging to a crazy conspiracy by a thread but ultimately is driven by wanting to know what is true or not. But it's also fun as someone who went woo for many years and somehow found there way out of it. The book can be read from cover to cover or as a reference book by selecting a chapter, great stuff to refer to for sources when in an argument. Gaborone

'A fantastic compendium of skeptical thinking and the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction.' Richard Wiseman, author 59 Seconds

'Thorough, informative, and enlightening If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes.' Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Astrophysics for People in a HurryIn this tie in to their popular 'The Skeptics Guide to the Universe' podcast, Steven Novella, along with 'Skeptical Rogues' Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella and Evan Bernstein explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies and conspiracy theories (anti vaccines, homeopathy, UFO sightings, and many.) They'll help us try to make sense of what seems like an increasingly crazy world using powerful tools like science and philosophy. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills, as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognize common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy colleague of yours, and how to apply all of this to everyday life.As fascinating as it is entertaining, this page turner is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world. The Skeptics Guide to the Universe: How To Know Whats Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake : Novella, Steven