Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole

Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole

by Stephen Law


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616144111
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 271
Sales rank: 818,585
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen Law (Oxford, England) is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London; provost for the Centre for Inquiry UK; and the editor of Think: Philosophy for Everyone (a journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy). He is the author of numerous books for adults as well as children, including The Greatest Philosophers, Companion Guide to Philosophy, The War for Children’s Minds, and Really, Really Big Questions, among other works.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 Playing the Mystery Card 33

2 "But It Fits!" and The Blunderbuss 65

3 Going Nuclear 97

4 Moving the Semantic Goalposts 113

5 "I Just Know!" 135

6 Pseudoprofundity 159

7 Piling Up the Anecdotes 171

8 Pressing Your Buttons 195

Conclusion 209

The Tapescrew Letters 225

Notes 257

Index 267

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Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
perak More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful, stimulating book deserving of a universal audience. Should be compulsory reading in elementary schools. Should replace the Bible, etc. as the most influential book in the lives of billions. The book a god would write (or inspire) if one existed.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very lively introduction to the mistakes we make in our beliefs and thoughts. The author identifies eight intellectual "black holes" that a person can fall into when they have a cherished belief they are trying to defend, and demonstrates how to avoid getting sucked into those black holes. A couple of weak spots were in his definition of science (he seems to be one of those who defines science as what scientists do, requiring all sorts of special skills and equipment) and in his concept of evidence, which seemed very strange indeed, since he ruled out as evidence things that were, in fact, very much evidence. Other than that, a very strong defense of critical thinking. This should be read widely by the very people who are the least likely to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago