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Elizabeth

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  • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

    Sam Motes says: "Don't be deceived, this is a great listen"
    "A good start to critical thinking"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist to be better than the print version?

    I've never seen the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked each section delving more in depth with a good amount of background information.


    What about Professor Michael Shermer’s performance did you like?

    At the end he refers those more interested in the subject to checkout the magazine and even contact him with questions, which I've done and he responds. Even with the dumb stuff .


    What did you learn from Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist that you would use in your daily life?

    I'm still going to get nailed with my own cognitive biases but it's always good to remind yourself that they exist which is a good way to minimize the effect.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read some of the books he mentions, Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World was amazing and my first introduction to his baloney detection. This started out a bit of a rehash on those themes so I expected to not learn a whole lot of new information. A few sections in and the material was much more expanded upon with more background. I'm a fan of VS Ramachandran and Oliver Sacks so if you like those books I think this is a good diversion whilst waiting for their next. I would love to see volume 2 eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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