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The West’s commitment to freedom, reason, and true liberalism have become endangered by a series of viral forces in our society today. Renowned host of the popular YouTube show, The Saad Truth, Dr. Gad Saad exposes how an epidemic of idea pathogens are spreading like a virus and killing common sense in the West. 

Serving as a powerful follow-up to Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life, Dr. Saad unpacks what is really happening in progressive safe zones, why we need to be paying more attention to these trends, and what we must do to stop the spread of dangerous thinking. 

A professor at Concordia University who has witnessed this troubling epidemic first-hand, Dr. Saad dissects a multitude of these concerning forces (corrupt thought patterns, belief systems, attitudes, etc.) that have given rise to a stifling political correctness in our society and how these have created serious consequences that must be remedied - before it’s too late. 

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Some pros and some cons

I heard about this book a couple months ago, and it sounded interesting since I love reading about the irrationality of people. Previously, I never heard of Gad Saad, so I followed him on Twitter and checked out his YouTube channel. Within about a week, I unfollowed him. I'm 100% for debating and the sharing of ideas, but like many of the current SJW-bashing "intellectuals", they seem more interested in arguing than having a debate. Nevertheless, I still purchased the book on release day. 

This book definitely falls into the category of books I'm reading of people I disagree with, but not by much. If I had to break it down into percentages, I'd say I disagree with about 60% of what Gad Saad has to say, but I agree with 40%. But when it comes to his overall argument that we should be able to have logical, rational discussions without people becoming outraged, I 100% disagree. 

While Gad Saad uses quite a bit of research to back his arguments, it's only on specific subjects. For people like Gad Saad, Sam Harris, Dave Rubin, and others, I feel there are some low-hanging fruit subjects that they love capitalizing on. When it comes to implicit biases, they avoid discussing the research because they either A) know the research isn't on their side or B) are afraid of what the research shows. Rather than looking at the research of people like Dr. Jennifer Eberdhardt, they try to simplify the message of the book White Fragility. Personally, I'd love to see someone like Gad Saad go head-to-head with Dr. Eberdhardt or Keith Payne to discuss biases and inequality.

Lastly, I gave this book a 3-star rating because there's a group of these authors that don't really present anything new in their books, but they know they'll make money off of the echo chamber they've built, so they figure "why not?".

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Please allow the author to read their book

That was an abomination of Saad’s thoughts and words. Hiring a voice to pretend to care absolutely destroys the poignancy of his work. The amount of mispronounced, underwhelming, and incorrectly emphasized language detracts from the intention of this book. Saad himself is fun, witty, sarcastic, and extremely intelligent in his analysis, and your voice actor pales in comparison to the author. The $ you save by hiring a vocal ‘professional’ is lost immediately as the audiobook has no ‘sticking power’ when reduced this way. I love the content, I despise the delivery.

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This is not a follow up to 12 rules to life.

I normally don't write reviews but I have some strong thoughts on this book.

1. This book is extremely hostile towards the left. Saad didn't do much in trying to separate your average liberal or center left person from a left wing extremist. When ever he wants to make a point that might be present in both political teams he will use language like "Some on the right" then follow up with "Many" or "Most on the left"

2. In part 2, Saad makes a claim that people that voted against Trump did it simply because the media fueled the negative viewpoints towards him and that if everyone on the left simply took the time to look at his policies then maybe they would have voted for Trump. He made a further point that Trump ran on common sense policies while the left ran with Hillary on a "Vote for her because she is a woman" platform. This is simply a very narrow view of the 2016 election. If you educated everyone on policy its 100% more likely that those in the far right and those in the far left would both move towards the middle. Instead Americans suffer from only having 2 political options.

3. Saad makes it a point to focus a lot on the bad science (mostly on gender)the far left promotes but fails to point the the science denial that goes on the right on an everyday basis. This is just my theory but I think that because Mr. Saad is a Canadian resident he seems to attribute the more center right conservative mindset from Canada and applies it to the American conservatives. I don't think Mr. Saad quite understands that attack on science that has come from the right wing politicians in America.

4. The book offers no solutions to the mind parasites he highlighted on his title. The book simply points the finger at the left and lays the blame of western civilization declining on liberals. It's a lot of "No u" arguments and echo chamber right wing talking points.

5. If you read 12 rules to life and think this is a follow up, it is not. if you lean right and want to have a positive feedback loop of ideas then you might enjoy this.

6. I did not hate the book. The points Saad makes about the far left and the attack on free speech are valid. its just for every 1 good point there is about 3 bad ones that could easily apply to the right as well.

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Amusing yet terrifying book

You will smile at various phrases that the author has invented but after a while you will realize how deep his thoughts are. What distinguishes this book from others on the fall of Western Civilization is the accurate and wholesome diagnosis of the problem, choice of clear words and the broadness of the solutions offered. This book must be part of college curriculum and beyond.

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the most important book of our time

I can not stop listening to this book. it is antivirus to the crazyness everywhere

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An Inculation to Disordered Thinking and Chaos

I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2017, the year a mob of angry students overran the school and caused a disruption that garnered national attention. I stood by and watched as my alma mater was debased to pander to the hero fantasies of a group of self-indulgent children. I knew if I followed my conscience, I would pay the price and lose the good will as an ally that I had worked so hard to achieve. 

What happened at Evergreen was very serious, and very wrong. Now, the sentiments of those students have scaled to encompass the nation, and the moral development of a generation has been stunted because responsible people have continued to indulge them.

Actions, and inactions, have consequences. When faced with a tough moral choice, I chose silence. Consequently, I was helpless when a cause I supported upended an institution I held so dear.  I won’t make that mistake again.

If you have any love for virtue, character, responsibility, or achievement read this book and spread it widely. If only a handful students at Evergreen had received this inoculation, they could have "flattened the curve" of infection and saved thousands, if not millions of innocent minds.

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AMAZING

Do you question everything you have seen in 2020. Well read this book and become Woke....The Real Woke not that nonsense that is being peddled on mainstream or legacy media. The Gadfather brilliantly explains all the bs we have been subjected to and more importantly what our kids have been subjected to. Thank you Gad for fighting the good fight. Everyone time to must up courage and grab your intellectual spear and defend yourselves. Enjoy

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Another Entry for the Echo Chamber

The author's style is engaging, and I'm sympathetic with most of his positions, but I can't give this book more than a middling review. It's bag of intellectual potato chips. You'll consume the whole thing in one sitting, but don't expect to be better for it.

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Life changing book!

Gad Saad is a witty, brilliant scientist and teacher. He is also widely known for his magnifent looks! This book is terrific. Gad discusses complex ideas in an easy going way that is understandible to the great unwashed

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80% Nonsense, 20% Narcissistic Filler

Illogical claptrap claiming "Truth" while denying it. First 2 sections about his victimhood while championing truth/freedom.

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  • D. M. Evans
  • 11-04-20

Rubbish

Stopped listening to this after a few chapters. The author uses big words to try to convince readers that his views are justified because he's intelligent. He's a left wing hater Trump lover and anti Muslim.He sounds like a right nob. There we go I've just used my right to free speech that he loves so much.

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  • Mother Ship Adrift Family Travel and Sailing Blogs
  • 10-30-20

An essential book for modern times

I am (to my shame) one of those cowards (from the U.K.) who watches from the sidelines as the pillars of reason fall at the hands of SJWs on social media. I wish I had the time and energy of Dr Saad to fight the good fight, and I don’t mean that dismissively. If I was to add a ‘but’ it would be this.. I home educate my kids, we travel (a lot) and openly discuss wokeness, virtue signalling, and victimhood mentality, so when they go into the world they will at least have the emotional fortitude to deal with whatever these crazy times bequeathes to future generations. Keep up the good work Dr Saad, you are definitely added to my Christmas card list after this excellent book ;)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-09-20

A challenge to bad ideas and downright lies.

Thank you. I needed this! a great dissection of the many issues that are prevalent Western society today. if you are concerned by the direction of travel towards a world where difference of opinion is no longer tolerated and "everyone who disagrees with me is a nazi" then you will get a lot from this book. Excellent listen.

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  • Stuart Rees
  • 03-14-21

Not what I was hoping

I largely agree with the general opinion of this book, but still I wouldn't recommend it. I'm a few chapters in and it's lost me. It follows a boring pattern.

1. Here's something dumb the SJWs did.
2. Here is something witty I said about it on a podcast/twitter.
3. "This is what this book is all about."
4. Repeat.

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  • Uncertain Ultradian
  • 01-25-21

Awful

The author goes around calling himself a parasitic thought warrior and repeatedly compares social media interactions to the Lebanon war. He's a nutcase.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-20

shit voice

I'm just starting it, really is interesting....can't stand the robotic American voice though!!! Ruins so many of these audibles!!! I'm English by the way

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-20

Essential reading.

The most important book this year. It takes all the bad ideas and gives you the means to tackle them. Gad's personality shines through keeping the content lively, thought provoking, engaging, challenging and entertaining throughout.

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  • Ken Bryant
  • 10-13-20

I liked Gad Saad before reading this book, now I

like him even more. Quite possibly, this is one of the most entertaining yet insightful books I have read in years. It's assessment of western downfall and rise of wokedom is very sophisticated and on-point. 10/10.

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  • Seph
  • 09-07-21

A difficult listen!!!

Ok so this book was not for me (a millennial ‘snowflake’ feminist and liberal).

Prof. Saad actually does have some interesting nuggets of ideas and makes some good points in chapter 8.

But those nuggets are so smothered in angry vitriol, absolutist terms, hypocrisy and contractions it was really hard to keep going with it. Not because ‘my feelings got hurt’ as Prof Saad would have you think - but because many points didn’t make sense in the context of previous points and analogies.

Many times throughout I was sure that this book must actually be satirical in nature and posed as the ‘mind virus’ itself - sadly no, I don’t think this is the case.

If you enjoy hearing angry male privilege use personal anecdotes and Twitter exchanges to demonstrate one persons thoughts and ideas (some of which are backed by some science) then you may get on better with this.

It’s a shame that these important topics of discussion have been put forward with such an angry, intolerant and outraged tone (oh by the way, which is exactly what Gad Saad will say about the ‘labotomised liberals’ and ‘ostrich head in the sand looneys’ we apparently are).

A book made from, by and to the man-o-sphere. I do not recommend to anyone!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-20

Ostriches !

The only reason I took 2 stars off an otherwise 5 star review is because of the narrator. Not that he did a bad job, quite good infact. I'd rather Gad had narrated it though. 2020 problems right ? Great book, should be compulsory reading.

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  • Jake
  • 10-15-20

A refreshing and honest perspective on why is wrong in the West

This should be required reading by anyone who is about to start University, so they can recognise the nonsense before professors lobotomise them.

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  • John Brady
  • 06-26-21

A tribal criticism of tribalality

How can Saad, a self-proclaimed defender of truth, fail to notice that Donald Trump's chronic lying provides a sufficient reason for intelligentsia's disdain for Trump? Intelligent folk similarly disdain grandstanding bellicose bombast, but Saad may fail to notice this too, given that bombast seems to be his meal-ticket. In Chap 2 he says it is obviously necessary to always lie to a wife asking 'Do I look fat' (it isn't), yet within seconds, apparently with a straight face, he champions that truth must always be pursued without regard to the consequences. (What an astonishingly lack of imagination. Does he consider the consequences of reporting suicides?) I guess such talent for duplicity is a precondition of being able to stomach Trump's alt news, And make a buck by being 'bitingly controversial'. Is it impossible to attack tribalism without being tribal? Probably not in the USA on social media, but attacking tribalism while being as revoltingly tribal as those he attacks for being tribal is a waste of everyone's time.

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  • Tim Gayton
  • 05-27-21

Appropriate, necessary with some punchy satire.

With the continued absurdity and nonsense that appears to plague our times, ‘The Parasitic Mind’, is the thread of reason and common sense. Gad Saad is an intellect, and a necessity through these unappealing social times. Gad manages to inspire confidence in the reader to use their voice, so as to combat this chaos, which I admired. His perspective on the current state of affairs is much needed. Add in his realistic approach and stern rebuttals, enables navigation for this concerning era of political correctness and social justice.
Gad’s satire, which Im sure many are familiar with from his social handles, are brilliant. I was not expecting the amount of comedy gold sprinkled throughout this book, they are articulated and placed so cleverly inamongst heated topics. The balance of counter arguments and satirical comedy is not an easy undertaking. Combine this with his excellent writing style, and he achieves a throughly enjoyable and insightful take on the current times.
This genre of book provides the intellect and reason to counter the recent phenomena of progressivism, post modernists and social justice warriors disrupting our times. ‘The Madness of Crowds,’ was another standout in this genre and they are crucial to challenge these woke, unsettling times.
Science and truth is what should be celebrated and pursued, and if any one of these ‘isms’ are attempting to thwart and frustrate, perhaps this book will inspire the reader’s voices to combat this ‘abyss of infinite irrational darkness.’
Overall an excellent read, and the highlights I will come back to frequently. Below are some of the standouts.

‘Sep 11, the devastation inflicted by motivated terrorists can greatly exceed their number. Similarly, social justice warriors and their ilk are intellectual terrorists and they can wreak havoc on reason and our public life limiting people’s willingness to speak and think freely without ever constituting a majority. ‘

‘Wrestle back reason from the enemies of truth.’

‘Don’t be encumbered by political correctness, just pursue the truth.’

‘The statistical improbability of parents coming out as parents of trans children. Children are meant to be protected and cherished in the privacy of a family. They are not meant to be virtue signalling Social justice pawns for impressing progressive friends.’

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-21

Great insight to the state of our society today

Found this to be an insightful, interesting and timely book - it validated and expressed in an eloquent manner what I have been thinking and feeling about various issues in our society today. In a handful of instances I felt the author was probably on the extreme end of an argument and maybe needed a more balanced assessment of it but on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It’s the first of Gaad’s book that I’ve read/listened to but I will now look for others and will be waiting for more. Also loved how the he presented some hard truths through satire and clever humor.

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  • Steven Frew
  • 09-11-21

made me think

although I consider myself leaning towards the left, I enjoyed the concepts of this book and it has challenged me to rethink some views I have.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-21

Thought provoking

This book was great, it could only be improved if read by Gad himself.

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  • E. Stamatakis
  • 09-29-21

This book is a missed opportunity

I enjoyed this book, although I wasn't convinced by some of its tenets.
Saad is a smart writer and very fierce speaker,there's something about him I personally like.
The book contains quite a few important points, e.g. the unquestionable imposition of absurd identity politics in academia which have exactly the opposite of to the intented effects, the freedom of speech restrictions such politics have imposed, the ever expanding culture of victimhood, and the impossibility of criticising violent and oppressive religions in the name of "multiculturalism".
Saad is portraying himself as the truth, reason and intellect warrior in the "battle of ideas" but his apparent right wing biases let him down (eg he seems to viscerally hate outright anything that's "progressive" and he's shameless about it).

This book is a missed opportunity to initiate a much needed discussion in academia, if the tone of the book was more objective and low key with more careful language many would have been more perceptive and open to the book's messages. I'm sorry but characterising "imbecilic " and "nonsensical" every idea Saad disagrees with does no service to reason or intellect, the very values the book is supposed to promote.

Also the constant praise and worshiping of Trump and everything conservative is quite revolting. How can you put intellect, science, and Trump in the same book, it's an oxymoron. I wouldn't be surprised if Saad aimed the book at the slightly more educated segment of Trump voters, it would make commercial sense to do so I believe.

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  • Madeleine
  • 08-05-21

A New Perspective

This great audiobook truly changed my opinion on so many topics, especially The power given by freedom of speech, alongside the need for scrutiny of Islamic traditions.
I would most definitely recommend this book for anyone who wishes to gain an insight into modern day political issues.

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  • Rhoxane Ῥωξάνη
  • 07-23-21

Brilliant - a must read

This book sums up the world in the current days. I grew up under a socialist communist regime and reading this book brought up memories . When you lived under communism and dictatorship you can easily recognise when the same footsteps are followed. You appreciate the true value of freedom of speech and the intellectual diversity.
The increasing one sided thought oppression and censorship its pretty scary. Been there , lived that , no thank you. I wish people would stop being so stupid. Insane.

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  • Kirsty O'Sullivan
  • 05-20-21

a must read

this is an excellent book, I just wished that it was Gaad doing the narration.

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