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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.

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


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



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


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Nothing.