From the author's monthly Scientific American columns.
An eclectic, inspiring collection exploring a broad range of scientific thought from best-selling author and celebrated skeptic Michael Shermer.
In Skeptic, Shermer "turns a critical eye toward questions big, small, and trivial" (Kirkus). His trademark combination of deep scientific understanding and entertaining writing style has thrilled his huge and devoted audience for years. Now, 75 of these columns are available together for the first time, taking on a wide range of subjects, from psychology and human nature to religion and pseudoscience. A welcome addition for his fans and a stimulating introduction for new listeners. Skeptic is a must-listen collection from one of our leading science commentators.
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"Michael Shermer is a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality." (Neil deGrasse Tyson)
"Dense with facts, convincing arguments, and curious statistics, this is an ingenious collection of light entertainment for readers who believe that explaining stuff is a good idea." (Kirkus)
It's worth reading/listening to. A couple surprises for me, but otherwise not sure if it contains a ton of stuff that's not already disseminated elsewhere (though I probably over-estimate what I think I was familiar with beforehand). It's thoughtful, and reinforcing, and anticipates, and addresses any perception of imbalance that may come up from critics. Even for the arguments I am familiar with, it's worth the listen just to hear people that are better, and more practiced in articulating the arguments do so.
I could only make it about 1/2 way through this collection of essays and there were very few moments that I wasn't wondering when there would be an interesting one. Then -possibly during the confirmation bias essay, it doesn't really matter- I realized the reason that these boring words about interesting subjects come out so boring because each of these are confirmation bias pieces. To be fair, this is more a reflection of the short print media that they were written for rather than the author and I do think I'd buy or listed to something else by Mr. Shermer.
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