Why You Should Question Everything
Prometheus Books, 9781616148072, 300pp.
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
This fresh and exciting approach to science, skepticism, and critical thinking will enlighten and inspire readers of all ages. With a mix of wit and wisdom, it challenges everyone to think like a scientist, embrace the skeptical life, and improve their critical thinking skills.
Think shows you how to better navigate through the maze of biases and traps that are standard features of every human brain. These innate pitfalls threaten to trick us into seeing, hearing, thinking, remembering, and believing things that are not real or true. Guy Harrison's straightforward text will help you trim away the nonsense, deflect bad ideas, and keep both feet firmly planted in reality.
With an upbeat and friendly tone, Harrison shows how it's in everyone's best interest to question everything. He brands skepticism as a constructive and optimistic attitude--a way of life that anyone can embrace. An antidote to nonsense and delusion, this accessible guide to critical thinking is the perfect book for anyone seeking a jolt of inspiration.
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Praise For Think: Why You Should Question Everything…
“Terrific, useful, well-written, and just plain entertaining. …Think is a book that should be on every skeptic’s bookshelf, and, more importantly, the bookshelf of anyone who is not yet convinced that science is the best way to know.”
“Harrison's upbeat style nicely conveys some of the latest scientific research on how the mind functions… [His] inviting style serves the interests of skeptics and scientists who face the onslaught of nonsense, delusion, ignorance, stupidity, and bias that dominates today's muddled culture… Highly recommended.”
“Very useful…. Harrison demonstrates the need for critical analysis in a world of conflicting stories and glib “facts.”’
“If you are happy being told what to think, don’t buy this book. However, if you want to learn how to think and be in control of your health, your investments, and your destiny, then read this book now. In lucid and unbiased writing, Harrison explains how you can enrich your life and that of your loved ones by simply using your brain to think critically.”
—Dr. Donald C. Johanson, discoverer of Lucy, the most famous fossil in history
“A clear and passionate book on skepticism, clear thinking, and a wide range of juicy paranormal claims. A great and fun read for everyone. Harrison succeeds at motivating, inspiring, and indeed haunting the reader. As he says, ‘Think before you believe.’ Required reading for anyone who doesn’t want to waste time, health, money, and dignity on things that probably are not real or true.”
—Jonathan C. Smith, Professor of psychology, Chicago’s Roosevelt University
“Think will provide you with the tools to protect yourself against being ripped off . . . by common beliefs that don’t stand up to scientific testing. Then, as an added bonus, it will clear the fog so you can better appreciate the awesomeness of reality. Highly recommended.”
—Lynne Kelly, author of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal
“Sometimes we want things to be true, but being able to tell the difference between fable and fact is not just a nice idea—it will save you money, tons of time, and possibly your life. Harrison’s wonderfully written reality check offers the most valuable education you can get this side of grad school.”
—Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior astronomer, SETI Institute