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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
Lu par : Steven Novella
Durée : 15 h et 54 min
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An entertaining and all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking for the age of misinformation.  

In 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 more.) 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 recognise 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 enthralling audiobook is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2018 SGU Productions LLC (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"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 civilisation unravel before our eyes." (Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry)

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  • Csaba Turkosi
  • 07/10/2018

A great follow-up to Sagan's Demon-Haunted World

The members of the SGU have done an outstanding job summarizing their experience as skeptics and science enthusiasts. It is a useful and healthy habit to review one's most closely held beliefs and this audiobook provides example after example of misguided and self-deceiving individuals who fail to apply critical thinking to their assumptions. We could all use some skepticism in our lives to protect us from charlatans, conspiracy theorists and our own tendencies toward self-deception. I'm so glad to have this in my library and I hope it reaches a wide audience!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/03/2019

A book everyone should read or listen

I first bought the book. Then I bought five more books so that I could give them away to my friends. Finally I bought this podcast so that I could recap some of the parts on my commute. It is great at presenting and sharpening your tools of sceptical thinking in a way that is educational and sometimes even humorous. It can be a bit harder to read than an average novel, since it really requires your focus. But when you're done, it also functions as a encyclopedia of sceptical thinking. I have more than once had to return to this book when picking apart an argument or constructing my own - verifying that the logic is sound and that the premise is known and agreed upon by both parties.

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  • 16/03/2019

Your escape to reality

It was great and a pleasure to listen to. Steve Novella is a great reader and I always love to listen to the podcast as well. Long time listener and this book was long overdue.

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  • Sinikka
  • 20/11/2018

Concise and clear, but not much new for an SGU fan

Loved it, but couldn't help thinking that this is the book that OTHER people should read. Preaching to the choir a bit.

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  • taylor hernandez
  • 19/10/2018

awesome book.

This is an excellent guide to scientific skepticism. a lot of chapters covering all kinds of phenomena. Great listen.
Dosn't matter whether you're a skeptic or not.

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  • vincent
  • 25/10/2018

Best primer for scientific skepticism since Sagan

although I am aware of my bias, for I am an avid listener and follower of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe rogues since mid 2006, I can't recommend this book highly enough. I think it can easily established itself as the contemporary one-stop-shop for entry-level critical thinkers and in general anyone who is willing to muster up the mental elbow grease to overcome the dangers of being a cognitive red shirt.

bite sized chunks of themes and areas, broken down to a comprehensible level, self-aware and uncompromisingly critical yet remaining the fine balance of telling hard truths but in a non-confronting/non-preachy/non-aggressive/I.e.skeptical dickish way.

the individual adventures of the rogues each paint a very relatable journey, reminding me that even a long term skeptic isn't immune to cognitive biases and logical fallacies and that it is one's duty to confront their own mental traps, to learn how to recognize them, to always be ready and able to change one's mind when presented with new evidence.

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  • Bim Bam Bino
  • 30/08/2019

Thanks for this book. I loved it. Keep it up!

I like the parts about good & bad arguments logical fallacies. I like that contentious topics like GMO, Creationism, Climate Change were included and thoroughly and scientifically discussed. Greetings from Europe! Thanks for the book! Keep it up!

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  • 20/06/2019

Very important read

Excellent book. Definitely one of the best books I read in a while. Recommended for everyone.