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Calling Bullshit: The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World [9780241327234]

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We think we know bullshit when we hear it, but do we? A spotter's guide to bullshit in the wild from two brilliantly contrarian scientists

The world is awash in bullshit, and we're drowning in it. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Start-up culture elevates hype to high art.

These days, calling bullshit is a noble act.

Based on a popular course at the University of Washington, Calling Bullshit gives us the tools to see through the obfuscations, deliberate and careless, that dominate every realm of our lives.

In this lively guide, biologist Carl Bergstrom and statistician Jevin West show that calling bullshit is crucial to a properly functioning social group, whether it be a circle of friends, a community of researchers, or the citizens of a nation.

Through six rules of thumb, they help us recognise bullshit whenever and wherever we encounter it -- even within ourselves -- and explain it to a crystal-loving aunt or casually racist grandfather.

Calling Bullshit is a modern handbook to the art of scepticism.


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Jevin West is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, and is co-director of the DataLab. He develops knowledge discovery tools to both study and facilitate science, with particular interest in the origin of scholarly disciplines and how sociological and economic factors drive and slow the evolution of science.

Carl Theodore Bergstrom is a theoretical and evolutionary biologist and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses on the flow of information through biological and social networks.

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Jevin D. West
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Allen Lane
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04-Aug-2020
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336
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