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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
Narrated by: Steven Novella
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An entertaining and all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking for the age of misinformation.  

In this tie-in to their popular The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, Steven Novella, along with 'Skeptical Rogues' Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella and Evan Bernstein, explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies and conspiracy theories (anti-vaccines, homeopathy, UFO sightings and many more.) They'll help us try to make sense of what seems like an increasingly crazy world using powerful tools like science and philosophy.   

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognise common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy colleague of yours and how to apply all of this to everyday life.  

As fascinating as it is entertaining, this enthralling audiobook is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world. 

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Critic Reviews

"A fantastic compendium of skeptical thinking and the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction." (Richard Wiseman, author 59 Seconds)

"Thorough, informative, and enlightening...If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilisation unravel before our eyes." (Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry)

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Thoughtful

wonderful. insightful and beautifully written. it's not that the book will make you cynically sceptical... just thoughtfully and critically sceptical.... loved the numerous examples given to provide evidence for claims.

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Critical Thinking Can Be Taught!

With so much nonsense in the world masquerading as knowledge this book couldn’t be more timely. Recommend for everyone, but particularly those struggling to navigate the endless streams of pseudoscience, woo, fad diets, and science “breakthrough” headlines that never materialize. Inoculate yourself from errors in thinking, and be better at separating truth from falsehood. Becoming a “skeptic” is about thinking critically and careful discernment not naysaying. Let the SGU be your guide!

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Required Reading

Should be required reading in every school on the planet. How to think critically, how to avoid faulty thinking and scams. Well written, quite thorough but starts at the basics. You need to read this, and get as many other people as you can to read it also.

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A Must Read

This book is everything it says on the tin, it is a highly interesting, engaging and thorough guide to critical thinking and skepticism and Dr Novella does a wonderful job as narrator. The Skeptic's Guide is a delightful and much needed update to Carl Sagan's 'A Demon Haunted World' and I daresay is just as good or even better as either a starting point or a refresher for those trying to get a handle on the topic. I highly recommend 'The Guide' to absolutely everyone, especially those interested in thinking well. Newcomers to the topic and seasoned skeptics alike all have something to gain from this book and should find it both highly insightful and easy to listen to. Five stars all round.

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Great skeptical guide by the SGU!

This book written by the SGU is an in depth look at skeptisim and the many pseudoscience, alternative therapy's and conspiracy theories that skeptics come up against on a daily basis. Full of facts and entertaining anecdotes, this book is a fun read from start to finish. I especially enjoyed the psychology of why we believe weird things, and all the different fallacies we can fall into.
I highly recommend it.

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A summary of more than a decade of critical thinki

A great book that neatly puts together all the important thinking of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. Delivers a consistent and convincing narrative about how to think, not what to think.

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amazing

loved it, I'll be getting this for some friends who need a more skeptical outlook

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SGU ROCKS

As an avid listener of the weekly podcast for many years now, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on both the audio version and the hard cover. I was initially concerned that content from Steve’s great courses lecture series would be recycled which was quickly swept away once I saw they’d covered differnt aspects of woo.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn how to think critically in everyday life. Everyone, everywhere needs a little skepticism in their lives, why not learn how to do it properly.

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Great resource, easy listening.

Heaps of great material. Easy to understand. Steve's narration is very easy to listen to.

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  • Csaba Turkosi
  • 07-10-2018

A great follow-up to Sagan's Demon-Haunted World

The members of the SGU have done an outstanding job summarizing their experience as skeptics and science enthusiasts. It is a useful and healthy habit to review one's most closely held beliefs and this audiobook provides example after example of misguided and self-deceiving individuals who fail to apply critical thinking to their assumptions. We could all use some skepticism in our lives to protect us from charlatans, conspiracy theorists and our own tendencies toward self-deception. I'm so glad to have this in my library and I hope it reaches a wide audience!

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  • Sinikka
  • 20-11-2018

Concise and clear, but not much new for an SGU fan

Loved it, but couldn't help thinking that this is the book that OTHER people should read. Preaching to the choir a bit.

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  • taylor hernandez
  • 19-10-2018

awesome book.

This is an excellent guide to scientific skepticism. a lot of chapters covering all kinds of phenomena. Great listen.
Dosn't matter whether you're a skeptic or not.

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  • Mr. M. Johnson
  • 02-01-2019

The perfect summary of the scientific and how to address the pseudoscientific

Fantastic book for those interested in science and skepticism but also accessible to those who are looking to understand a scientific method and perspective. Feels like a enlightening homage and modernisation of Sagan.

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  • Michael
  • 20-12-2018

Excellent. Thank you.

First off, this is such a good book. There where so many topics that I had kind off heard off but to have them laid out so clearly and concisely is terrific. I'm definitely going to be listening again.

Also the narrator has a very pleasant voice

Thank you

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-12-2018

just good

enjoyed this very much changed the way I think when I thought I already did think skeptically

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  • John
  • 10-12-2018

Should be required reading in all high schools

Best guide to critical thinking I have ever read/listened to. It explains all the logical fallacies that we come across every day and explains the difference between science and pseudo science. I agree with Neil deGrasse Tyson that this should be required reading for us all. Just excellent. I have just bought Steven Novella's other two audiobooks available here and look forward to listening to both of them.

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  • P. J. Gray
  • 27-11-2018

How to think.

A perfect companion book to the podcasts. Narrated competently by Dr Novella. If you are at all interested is skepticism and critical thinking this book will make a worthy addition to your collection.

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  • NH
  • 22-11-2018

an inoculation to the madness of the world

an inoculation to the madness of the world, a great book on critical thinking and the bias inherent in all off us.

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  • Mark
  • 21-11-2018

Truly enlightening

Being a fan of the podcast I was eagerly awaiting this books release. Rather than looking to provide the listener/reader with answers, this encourages you to ask questions and challenge your own opinions and beliefs. I can see myself dipping back into this from time to time. Looking forward to see what else the guys bring out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2018

Excellent, thought provoking and informative book.

Passionately narrated by the author, this book will captivate and educate all critical thinkers and hopefully educate those who are not so critical in their quest for the truth. Enormously enjoyable content and a Universe of information for all.

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  • Ed
  • 06-11-2018

Audible version to listen to...

And hardback to have ready at your fingertips whenever you need an example to help educate your colleagues. This has been so valuable and fun since the moment I got it. Would recommend to all that like to think they know what they’re talking about.

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  • Tai Jorgensen
  • 25-10-2018

A comprehensive introduction

Listening this through, a lot of concepts and thinking patterns just clicked into place. This serves as a well thought-out guide for starting or continuing down (or, more aptly: up) the path of becoming and being a skeptic thinker and communicator.
Many thanks to steven and his team, from Tai in Copenhagen