Debunk It: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation #2020

Debunk It: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation By John Grant Debunk It How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation We live in an era of misinformation much of it spread by authority figures including politicians religious leaders broadcasters high traffic bloggers and of course websites With so much bullsh
  • Title: Debunk It: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation
  • Author: John Grant
  • ISBN: 9781936976683
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Debunk It: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation By John Grant We live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures, including politicians, religious leaders, broadcasters, high traffic bloggers, and, of course, websites With so much bullshit coming from so many sources, how can anyone be expected to discover the truth Well, if you are tired of hearing blowhards spouting off about climate change, history, evolWe live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures, including politicians, religious leaders, broadcasters, high traffic bloggers, and, of course, websites With so much bullshit coming from so many sources, how can anyone be expected to discover the truth Well, if you are tired of hearing blowhards spouting off about climate change, history, evolution, medicine, and , you ll find this book full of invaluable facts that will startle and amuse you.In Bullshit, John Grant, author of acclaimed books such as Discarded Science, Corrupted Science, and Denying Science, will hook readers with modern, ripped from the headlines examples of bullshit, clearly explaining how to identify and debunk such hogwash He also provides a roundup of the rhetorical tricks bullshitters use when they try to pull the wool over our eyes and even offers advice about how to take bullshitters down Although the subject matter can often be serious, the book is full of Grant s trademark humor and perceptiveness And some snark, too.
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    About "John Grant"

    1. John Grant

      John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty five are fiction, including novels like The World, The Hundredfold Problem, The Far Enough Window and most recently The Dragons of Manhattan and Leaving Fortusa His book length fiction Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003 its successor was The Stardragons His first story collection, Take No Prisoners, appeared in 2004 He is editor of the anthology New Writings in the Fantastic, which was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award His novellas The City in These Pages and The Lonely Hunter have appeared from PS Publishing.His latest fiction book is Tell No Lies, his second story collection it s published by Alchemy Press His most recent nonfiction is A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir Earlier, he coedited with John Clute The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and wrote in their entirety all three editions of The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney s Animated Characters both encyclopedias are standard reference works in their field Among other recent nonfictions have been Discarded Science, Corrupted Science a USA Today Book of the Year , Bogus Science and Denying Science.As John Grant he has to date received two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards He has written books under other names, even including his real one as Paul Barnett, he has written a few books like the space operas Strider s Galaxy and Strider s Universe and for a number of years ran the world famous fantasy artbook imprint Paper Tiger, for this work earning a Chesley Award and a nomination for the World Fantasy Award.

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    1. DEBUNK IT HOW TO STAY SANE IN A WORLD OF MISINFORMATION is pitched to teens, but contains useful information for anyone in the modern world Hoaxes can travel faster than ever, and having a tool kit for separating fact from fiction is essential.I wish that chapter four Building Your Own Bullshitometer came first, because it contains some of the most useful information It does build some on the first three chapters, but not so much that it couldn t be arranged to be first John Grant tackles common [...]


    2. This book on logic and reasoning appears to have been thrown together by a science fiction writer who has a lot of strong opinions on things.There are two sections to the book The first is there to teach you how to detect bullshitThe second is showing the author debunking bullshitRead chapters 1,3,and 4 and nothing else and this book might be of some value to you The rest is just the author pressing hos own ideas.The author claims on the inside cover and on the back of the book that he will teac [...]


    3. Misinformation can have serious consequences, and this irreverent book exposes rhetorical fallacies and teaches important critical thinking skills to help teens cope.Recommended grade level 7 and upPages 288 for ISBN 9781936976683 Genre s and keywords nonfictionTone Style informational, irreverent, scornfulPace leisurely to moderateTopics misinformation, hoaxes, fallacies, logicThemes critical thinking, honestyWho will like this book With such timely subject matter, there should be plenty of tee [...]


    4. This book is a no holds back debunk of just about everything but the kitchen sink The author touches on everything from evolution, to AIDS, to climate change, etc I actually learned quite a few things about how screwed up some high level doctors and leaders are and how their actions or inaction s have created catastrophic outcomes Packaging of the book itself isn t up to par The cover combined with the font makes it look like a cheap knock off instead of a professionally published book This is t [...]


    5. Say you re at a party and someone is talking to you and a few others about their beliefs on vaccinations Or maybe climate change is their topic, or evolution, or alternative medicine What they have to say sounds like it could be wrong, but how do you know If you re not an expert on a subject yourself, how can you spot the signs that the speaker is no expert either John Grant, the author of than 70 books and an expert on conspiracy theories, has a few ideas for you In Debunk It How to Stay Sane [...]


    6. Are you tired the mountains of BS from the media, politicians, and everyone on your Facebook feed Then Debunk It is the perfect book for you Debunk It serves a twofold purpose 1 To teach you how not to fall for BS in a world filled with BS, and 2 To dispel some of the biggest BS out there today It accomplishes both of these pretty well, but it isn t going to arm you with high quality arguments for debunking all the BS out there Rather, it gives you the tools to learn how to do it yourself By tou [...]


    7. John Grant does a good job of pointing out some of the methods used by bullshitters to make you believe their point of view He takes on Global Warming, Anti vaxxers and the Theory of Evolution Grant shows with concrete examples many of the ways that people try to divert attention from the truth and feed you their bullshit That a paraphrasing of his words.The psychology and the science behind his work is sound Grant presents his arguments rationally and is careful to dissect each issue His recomm [...]


    8. I wanted to like this book Promoting critical thinking is a noble endeavour The author has a few dozen books under his belt but for me this read lacked the gift of gab required to make a project like this float It s little than a Coles notes of Penn and Teller s Showtime series Bullshit, which was entertaining and funny This is the literary equivalent of the condescending jerk sitting next to your on a long flight who feels compelled to tell you why you shouldn t eat the inflight meal It s nit [...]


    9. Having picked this book up while browsing at the library, I read less than a page before I knew it wasn t for me In a chapter concerning creation evolution theories, the author accuses those holding the creationist view of being ignorant Wow It can t be possible that the problems that evolutionary theory has kept accumulating since its first statements aren t enough to, at the very least, keep debate alive Make an end run and condemn everyone in that camp as ignorant It won t be enough to make c [...]


    10. This is a teen book but anyone who buys into the hype of marketing and I mean that not only in advertisements but also in news, social media, friend of a friend stories, etc can get a lot out of reading this The author reminds the reader to take a step back from the hype and utilize his her brain for critical thinking, something the brain does very well when used properly I ended up skimming the book because I didn t find much new information for me but I think it s a good read.



    11. First part was ok, explaining how to think about scientific facts proclaimed by various people of few qualifications The rest of the book was the author screaming about all the stupid stuff in his opinion that people believe and or have believed Too bad he doesn t spend any time talking about how to have a sane conversation with people who you think may not be approaching a topic scientifically.


    12. Yeah, this book doesn t actually teach you how to spot bullshitters, its pretty obviously just an outlet for the authors opinions I agree with a lot of what he says, but even I can tell that it s emotionally based, not logically He also has a massive ego, and occasionally gets his facts wrong A most irritating combination.


    13. I like what this book did However, something that the book failed at was mass appeal If Grant is trying to get people to change their minds, he s going at it the wrong way, because his sarcasm and satiric only appeal to people who already agree with him It was still a good book and all, but you know Basic Now, my bias is going to talk, and you re only going to like my saying this if you agree with my views He just roasts people who don t believe in climate change and vaccines People who don t be [...]


    14. Maybe 3.5 stars I didn t realize it was a YA book until I got started The tone of the book is definitely directed at a late teen 20 something audience I understand that the author is trying to convince this audience that some theories are valid and deserving of belief than others and clues on how to tell the difference However, for me, the author s tone is too insistent on what you need to think and dismissive of what he doesn t agree with This is probably fine for the target audience, but it i [...]


    15. STARRED REVIEW School Library Journal This enlightening new title not only successfully debunks myths and commonly held beliefs it s an essential primer for encouraging critical thinking skills.Teen readers will appreciate Grant s brutal honesty and snarky tone, as well as his liberal use of the term bullshit to describe distorted or fabricated info However, he never stoops to merely mocking those he believes to be spreading erroneous information, instead using logic and evidence to dismantle po [...]


    16. There s information, and a whole lot of misinformation regarding such issues as climate change, evolution, and preventing disease Unfortunately, the tide of misinformation is rising but there is a glimmer of hope in this book by John Grant Science, and the mountains of supporting data, doesn t lie There s no political agenda behind natural disasters or outbreaks of whooping cough Denial is a powerful thing If the anti vaxxers and climate skeptics wish to perpetuate their flawed beliefs, there is [...]


    17. Teens have a finely developed antenna for detecting bullshit in adults, and this book gives them the logical tools to pick out what methods the bullshitter is using to try and snow them Author Grant gives examples of the harm cons can have eg, deaths by diseases easily preventable by vaccines , short explanations of the specific methods, then delves deeply into a plethora of current bullshitting climate change deniers, creationists Intelligent designers, antivaxers, and end of the world predicto [...]


    18. This is a breath of fresh air after reading Guy Harrison s Think, but it s still probably not my manifesto, at least not as it is The first part is amazing, but the second part where the author makes a bunch of particular arguments is drawn out and unnecessary I realize it would have been a tiny book without that, but it would have been a tiny powerful book, which would make all of the difference.


    19. This is a short book with a lot of information to absorb and a lot of strong opinions by the author He teaches you how to avoid being duped by bullshit arguments and the many types of bullshit arguments you will run across All in all, a good book to read skim I laughed now and the When I found his own writing was using some of the BS tactics he was warning us about Some skepticism is required for reading this book.


    20. A book about sifting through misinformation aimed toward young readers, but strangely contains the word bullshit on average twice a page, which will significantly reduce the amount of young readers who will be able to access such a book, which is bullshit.


    21. I love this kind of thing and think it should be so underscored in information literacy This book was denser than I thought and includes a lot of the word bulls t, so it s of a high school book.


    22. One need only watch a presidential debate with any amount of critical thinking to realize the value of this book Pretty danged awesome


    23. If you can get over the fact that he uses the word, bullshit a lot, then you should put this in the hands of your tween because it is fantastic.


    24. The organization was a little confusing, but I enjoyed the info He is unapologetic, and very in your face You ll either love him or hate him.



    25. Agree with the need for critical thinking skills in evaluating all the information that abounds today.


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