The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking in the popular "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" podcast's dryly humorous, accessible style. It's intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret and there is no place to look u An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking in the popular "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" podcast's dryly h...

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Title:The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
Author:Steven Novella
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Genres:Science
ISBN:B079M9T962
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake Reviews

  • Liz De Coster
    Oct 04, 2018
    An okay introduction to skepticism, but I'm wondering if the language will appeal to real "newbies". Certainly it's important to be specific and precise when possible, but if the basic terminology includes phrases like "neuropsychological humility" it might be difficult for some reader...
  • Noreen
    Oct 22, 2018
    I've been listening to the SGU podcast for about five years, and this summer I have been catching up on all the episodes since the beginning. One of my favorite things about the podcast is having some of my own long-held beliefs debunked. I've been looking forward to this book for a lo...
  • Todd Martin
    Jan 15, 2019
    I?m a big fan of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast, which is dedicated to the promotion of science and critical thinking. If you aren?t familiar with it, I would urge you check it out. As an outgrowth of the podcast the self-proclaimed ?skeptical rogues? produced a ne...
  • Suzanne
    Jan 07, 2019
    This should be required reading for everyone--not just the choir of scientific skeptics. ...
  • Tadas Talaikis
    Nov 16, 2018
    First half is excellent. People tend to believe (and this is inevitable) anything. Skepticism is a good way to get real, but I am still not sure if reality is better financially, because see, it is inevitable that you will end up selling some needless, "miraculous" shit. I'll smoke a t...
  • Rusty
    Dec 26, 2018
    I was having lunch with a very dear friend of mine last summer and, as is often the case, our conversation turned towards religion, the supernatural, aliens, conspiracies and all sorts of fun topics like that. At one point in our conversation I was picking up on a theme in all of these...
  • Adrienne
    Nov 06, 2018
    I received an advance copy from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This book was fantastic! I regularly read several science-based medicine blogs, and I've read many of Dr. Steven Novella's articles. When I heard that he was publishing a book, I knew it was a must-read. This book exp...
  • Isil Arican
    Oct 15, 2018
    This was one of the books I waited with utmost anticipation and so glad to get a chance to read it finally. I have been a long time SGU listener (almost 10 years), and they have been a major inspiration for me to teach myself critical thinking (I still do) and initiate a grassroots ske...
  • Kat
    Nov 14, 2018
    I've been a listener of the SGU Podcast for about a year and really enjoy their content, so when I saw that they had a book coming out, I had to read it. This book isn't quite what I'd expected, but was a pleasant surprise regardless. The first half or so of the book focuses not on sci...
  • Aaron
    Jan 21, 2019
    It never fails... I'm scrolling through social media, and I come across some piece of what is clearly pseudoscientific jargon about a miracle cure, or a badly fabricated piece of fake news. And while my immediate instinct is to jump into the comment section fray, ready to decimate all ...
  • Robert Starr
    Dec 05, 2018
    I imagine this is a tough book to put together. It needs to be broad, yet complete, and detailed enough to satisfy pedantic readers. And it, above all, needs to be accurate. The SGU seems to want to have it all here, appealing to new skeptics without boring the show's long-time fans. P...
  • Bruce
    Oct 16, 2018
    To be fair, I'm a big fan of the podcast, but I do believe this book is well worth anyone's time. I learned a lot, and must also confess to having believed many of the Monsanto fake news stories that were covered. I listened to the audiobook version, and although I have no regrets, I i...
  • Diana Eckert
    Oct 12, 2018
    Long-time listener here! I have been anticipating this book for a while, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the audiobook - Steves narration is easy to listen to while also being engaging. However, the encyclopedia-like layout make the printed version a practical compendium for lat...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Oct 22, 2018
    This is one of the better skeptic books. The author doesn't merely debunk the usual suspects of pseudoscience although there is plenty of debunking of UFOs, Ghosts, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Astrology et al. The author goes into our cognitive biases and blind spots and illogical thought...
  • Pontus Böckman
    Nov 15, 2018
    Dr. Steven Novella is one of the smartest persons I know of, and he is smart because he assumes that he is not. What you should always remind yourself is that the person most likely to fool you is yourself. Because of that you need to use a ton of logical tools to help yourself see th...
  • Kyle Bunkers
    Oct 26, 2018
    I have followed Steven Novella's blog for quite a while and have found his analyses to be nicely balanced and reasoned. So I thought I may as well give his book a shot. I was expecting more of an overarching story about skepticism, but it was more like a bunch of entries in an encyclop...
  • Oliwia Bieniek
    Jan 07, 2019
    As a long time Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast listener and fan, I had very high expectations for this book. I wanted a comprehensive compendium of skeptic / critical thinking basics yet something that would still expand my knowledge after years of following the podcast. And th...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Oct 15, 2018
    This is one of the best books on critical thinking and skepticism since Carl Sagan?s The Demon-Haunted World. Although you would hope, in the 21st century, that it shouldn?t have to be explained why treating eczema with turmeric infusions is a bad idea, gullibility for pseudoscienc...
  • Pasquale Galati
    Oct 15, 2018
    This book was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. If you're just starting out or well versed in skeptic thinking, this book makes sense. It's easy to read and easy to follow. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves science, wants to think more critically, or aid in knowledgeab...
  • Anu
    Nov 22, 2018
    In the past, I?d often have arguments about whether I remembered a certain incident accurately or not. The brain does a better job of remembering the emotion associated with a memory rather than the actual details of the incident itself. Knowing this would have saved me some of those...
  • Ganesh Poomal
    Nov 20, 2018
    This has given me a lot. I was not expecting that I would find tools to improve critical thinking. But thinking back Critical thinking is at the core of being a skeptic. This book talks about common cognitive biases which will directly affect what is perceived. Our beliefs shape wha...
  • Alien
    Oct 21, 2018
    I have been a skeptic for several years and am also a listener to the SGU-podcast. I recognize most of the topics discussed in the book, some have been discussed many times on the show. Still I enjoyed the book very much and read it rather quickly. Of course you don't have to be a sea...
  • Ram S
    Nov 08, 2018
    This book covers scientific skepticism as a way of approaching life. The most important section is the tools being laid out for the reader in order to evaluate things skeptically. These are neuropsychological humility, metacognition, promotion of science/reason/critical thinking, detec...
  • Melinda Daniluk
    Jan 20, 2019
    I?m planning on getting this book for many loved one?s birthdays this year. From advice on how to tell which media sources to trust, to lining out logical fallacies and how to detect them (in ourselves as well as others), to talking about, in depth, the most common subjects of pseu...
  • Tomas Sedovic
    Oct 25, 2018
    A huge caveat to this review: the authors of this book are hosting a weekly podcast (of the same name) I've been keenly listening to for 7 years. They feel like friends I've never met and this has certainly coloured my views of the book. That said, it's fantastic. I love it. The ...
  • Ariana
    Dec 29, 2018
    The insights you will gain from this book (and the SGU podcast) will surely affect the way you think in a fundamental way. The authors are truly a unique voice in the skeptical movement. Somehow, they collectively reverberate the intricate and sometimes-concealed undertones of what it ...
  • Mateusz
    Oct 08, 2018
    I would describe this book as excellent tool for structuring your knowledge about science thinking. I like that most of chapters are quite short, because it was easy to read it on the go. At some paragraphs I had to really focus to uderstand the full meaning of it, but I put it on a bl...
  • Yoric
    Nov 05, 2018
    This book contains some unexpected, interesting ideas, like the opening quote: "There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable...
  • Serdar
    Oct 18, 2018
    Bilimsel skeptisizm ekolnn amiral cep yay?n?, "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" 2005'ten bu yana istikrarl? bir izgide yay?n yap?yor. Sonunda SGU ekibi Steven Novella'n?n nderli?inde y?llar?n birikimini bu kaynak kitapta toplam??, ok da gzel bir i? ba?arm?...
  • John O’Connell
    Jan 06, 2019
    For anyone who wants to be a critical thinker, this book is for you. And for those who do not want to be critical thinkers this book is definitely for you. ...