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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Jevin D. West, Carl T. Bergstrom (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Hudson Alumera
  • 09-09-2020

Beautifully written, great audio performance

A very compelling argument for the times we find ourselves in. The performer was appropriate and amazing.

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  • Andy
  • 15-10-2020

Relevant right now

The authors view and reasoned arguments show how disinformation can be neutralized so we can break away from fake news. The first chapter liberally abuses the title of the book and is a bit much. After that they calm it down. The discussion progresses well through the book and highlights the many ways we can be misled. Some of the more sciencey bits with p values required some rewinding sk I could follow it through. Ending with an education on how to call fake news without causing ill feeling. Theres a lot of reference to the PDF which I had to go back to as it wasn't compatible with driving. Unfortunately the people who need to hear this are the same people that don't fact check a social post.

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  • Nicola McFarlane
  • 03-10-2020

Do not buy: PDF does not show figures

The narrator refers to figures which are not in the pdf. Those that are are not in the order the appear in the book. Very frustrating. Recommend you buy a paper copy instead.

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  • Nik Jewell
  • 27-09-2020

Poor as an auidobook

Packed full of interesting information but you will only be able to follow it in conjunction with the 67 page PDF. As I don't tend to read PDFs when walking the dog this is hardly possible. If you need a 67 page PDF to follow an audiobook then you just might be better reading it instead.

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  • Kenny
  • 30-08-2020

how to fix the Internet

awesome- could be called "how to fix the Internet ". only annoying bit for an auido book is the constant reference to the accompanying PDF

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  • mr r c worthington
  • 04-08-2020

A book about BULLSHIT spreading BULSHIT

This book is propaganda at its best it's interesting when you look into who owns penguin books. especially the father Dave received donations from extremely questionable agencies.

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