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...
  • Darrell
    May 27, 2019
    "So, while we cannot trust the stories we are told, tradition, faith, convenient or reassuring narratives, charismatic figures, or even our own memories, we can slowly and carefully build a process by which to evaluate all claims to truth or knowledge. A big part of that process is sci...
  • 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...
  • Helder
    Apr 06, 2019
    An amazing book that lays the foundation for skeptic thinking. Properly illustrated with several supporting stories, it explains our tendency to believe in quackery and what can we do to overcome it. Greatly recommended. ...
  • Annette
    Jul 04, 2019
    Very important material, everyone should understand critical thinking. That being said, the material felt dry, like listening to a textbook. Not my favorite. ...
  • 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...
  • Stephen
    Jan 27, 2019
    ...wow. Okay, so...back in 2006 I found a weekly podcast that was so consistently good that, even on a dial-up connection, I had no problem spending four or five hours every week downloading it, just for an hour of content. It was The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, hosted by several ...
  • John Wood
    Apr 13, 2019
    Espousing the philosophy of the popular podcast of the same name, this book goes step by step through many scenarios that test the system for separating fake from real. After all that, I can't say that I feel much more armed against the misinformation, other than now having an increase...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Blake
    May 14, 2019
    Great primer on how to know what is real. There is a lot of garbage out there, and it takes skill to filter through it. No one is born with the ability to think critically, and we continue to struggle against simple mistakes that are all to easy to make. This book gives insight into ho...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tobias Sjösten
    Jul 18, 2019
    This book reaffirms what I learned from "Predictably Irrational" and similar books ? humans suck. Our minds are unreliable, our thinking defaults to all kinds of logical fallacies, and we're naturally biased, hubristic, narrow-minded, unjust, and anything but how we love to portrait ...
  • Ben Stack
    Jan 31, 2019
    A heavy read Took me ages to get through it but it was instructive without being preachy. A good reference I will revisit often for years to come. ...
  • Jeffrey Debris
    Apr 19, 2019
    Sometimes you find a book that's just so good a 5* rating just doesn't quite feel right. The Skeptics'Guide to the Universe is one of those books for me and easily my best non-fiction read of the last couple of years. This book not only helps you to become a true skeptic, it will also ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Jon Peder Opsahl
    Jul 12, 2019
    I have been a fan of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast for many years. The content of the book was therefore very familiar to what they talk about on the podcast. I still enjoyed reading the book and think it will be useful in the future if I need to remind myself of a topic ...
  • 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. ...