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'''''Bullsh*t: How to Detect Junk Science, Bogus Claims, Wacky Theories, and General Human Stupidity''''', by [[John Grant]], is a book about what you can do to help discern facts from lies. Grant does this by explaining examples of bad logic and pseudoscience and explaining the flaws.
 
'''''Bullsh*t: How to Detect Junk Science, Bogus Claims, Wacky Theories, and General Human Stupidity''''', by [[John Grant]], is a book about what you can do to help discern facts from lies. Grant does this by explaining examples of bad logic and pseudoscience and explaining the flaws.
  
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==Personal==
 
I saw this book on clearance at Barnes & Noble and, being a fan of this style of book, bought it.
 
I saw this book on clearance at Barnes & Noble and, being a fan of this style of book, bought it.
  
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===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The book is really more of a list of bad ideas and why they're wrong rather than a manual for how to steel your mind to detect bullshit, as the title suggests.
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* The book is really more of a list of bad ideas and why they're wrong rather than, as the title suggests, a manual for steeling your mind against bullshit.
 
* The author incorrectly repeats the myth that a toilet's flow direction is a product of the Coriolis force. This is an easily researched myth to debunk and it causes me to question the rest of his claims.
 
* The author incorrectly repeats the myth that a toilet's flow direction is a product of the Coriolis force. This is an easily researched myth to debunk and it causes me to question the rest of his claims.
 
* Sources are listed in the bibliography, but they're not cited to specific claims throughout the book, so it's very difficult to verify any claims.
 
* Sources are listed in the bibliography, but they're not cited to specific claims throughout the book, so it's very difficult to verify any claims.
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==Links==
 
==Links==
* [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31368378-bullsh-t goodreads.com/book/show/31368378-bullsh-t] - GoodReads.
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{{Link|GoodReads|https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31368378-bullsh-t}}
  
  

Latest revision as of 22:15, 5 March 2020

1st edition US hardcover.

Bullsh*t: How to Detect Junk Science, Bogus Claims, Wacky Theories, and General Human Stupidity, by John Grant, is a book about what you can do to help discern facts from lies. Grant does this by explaining examples of bad logic and pseudoscience and explaining the flaws.

Personal

I saw this book on clearance at Barnes & Noble and, being a fan of this style of book, bought it.

Status

I own a first edition hardcover copy of this book and have read it.

Review

Good

  • The book is nicely written and enjoyable all the way through.
  • There is a good spread of various different topics of bullshit.

Bad

  • The book is really more of a list of bad ideas and why they're wrong rather than, as the title suggests, a manual for steeling your mind against bullshit.
  • The author incorrectly repeats the myth that a toilet's flow direction is a product of the Coriolis force. This is an easily researched myth to debunk and it causes me to question the rest of his claims.
  • Sources are listed in the bibliography, but they're not cited to specific claims throughout the book, so it's very difficult to verify any claims.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Links

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