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Think Think #1 Think critically learn to uestion everything and don't let your own brain trip you up  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 uestion 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

10 thoughts on “Think Think #1

  1. says:

    If I could give this book negative stars I would It's that bad; a complete waste of paper time and book space Harrison's book reads like Think; For Dummies I picked this book up randomly with the idea that this would be a book that applied logic to a few well selected current social issues The praise on the back of the book especially had me excited I was very disappointed In his book instead Harrison uses an insulting tone for criticize faulty beliefs and the people who believe them The faulty beliefs he highlights are fringe beliefs that have already been attacked to death What I'd have liked to see is logic applied to new ideas that effect a majority of us; trickle down economic theory upward mobility causes of poverty all ideas and concepts that we hold dearly but that have never been held up to the standards of logic Meanwhile Harrison's over here talking about Roswell and the Bermuda Triangle Yeah they're easy targets and easy to poke holes in but why bother? It's like fishing in a fishbowl The structure of the book is grating The beginning is an introduction of sorts Harrison introduces the reader to the 'fantasy prone planet' Here Harrison tries to trite definitions of fantasy fiction skepticism evidence the brain and bad thinking antidotes The most effective antidote for bad thinking is good thinking Talk about using circular logic and it's this kind of writing and tone that permeate the book 'Good' think is vaguely defined later as some combination of seeing listening and then asking uestions The rest of the definitions are almost entirely floating in a mire of subjective judgements The second part of the book is the fringe beliefs that I mentioned earlier Roswell Nostradamus haunted houses etc are attacked Then last part of the book is concerned mostly with taking care of the brain so that one can continue good think This section is cobbled together with the same advice that most people have already heard although Harrison also thoughtfully provides plenty of personal stories eye roll highlighting his pointDon't waste your time

  2. says:

    Poorly edited childish over simplified and strangely lacking in self awareness for a skeptic book The illustrations are absurd and given the simplistic and condescending tone of the book make me think it was originally targeted towards childrenHarrison's main goal seems to be to convert people to a skeptical way of thinking about the world but I doubt he's at all effective at doing so because he regularly compares non skeptics to man eating predators criminals scam artists liars the infected the diseased foolish unthinking crooks crazies smothered dim ignorant weak enslaved deluded irrational uncritical unthinking superstitious stagnant magic seekers stumbling passive making up answers and pretending to know what they don't know And that's just when he's talking about actual people not just beliefs All of this while simultaneously downplaying that EVERYONE has irrational beliefs skeptics like the author and this reader includedYou can't convert someone and insult them in the same breath Terrible

  3. says:

    I want to give 5 stars to this book Totally waste of my time I'm so disappointed It's childish and i feel like a teenager wrote it I thought the Author's goal is to help people to be skeptical when it comes to thinking about our choices in politics social awareness and some important subjects but instead he's telling us not to believe in UFOs Bigfoot Lochness Monster Bermuda Triangle Area 51 Don't waste your timeTell me something i don't know

  4. says:

    Think Why You Should uestion Everything by Guy P Harrison“Think is a fantastic and inspirational book that will teach readers how to think like scientists uestion everything embrace doubt is a recurring theme that accomplished author historian anthropologist Guy P Harrison drives home with mastery and clarity This is an entertaining and illuminating book that will empower you to avoid common pitfalls of bad thinking in a constructive way This enlightening 300 page book includes the following five chapters 1 Standing Tall on a Fantasy prone Planet 2 Pay a Visit to the Strange Thing That Lives Inside Your Head 3 A Thinker’s Guide to Unusual Claims and Weird Beliefs 4 The Proper Care and Feeding of a Thinking Machine and 5 So Little to Lose and a Universe to GainPositives1 Beautifully written and researched book Harrison has a passion for his topic that is palpable and admirable A master at conveying clear and inspirational thoughts grounded in good science and sound thinking 2 Skepticism is a great topic This book is enlightening and fun to read3 Harrison always delivers uality critical thinking goes in before his books come out He has earned my trust as an author that will consistently deliver a book worthy of my time and interest4 Drives home the need for skepticism “Skepticism is an important issue for everyone It’s something we all need regardless of intelligence education location social status or income”5 This is a thought provoking book and a uote fest “Skepticism is just about having a healthy dose of doubt and using reason to figure out what is probably real from what is probably not real It means not believing you know something before you can prove it or at least make a very good case for it Skepticism is nothing than thinking and withholding belief until enough evidence has been presented”6 Harrison has a uniue gift of giving intellectual beat downs in the nicest and most constructive ways “Millions of people say that paranormal mind powers can move objects Big deal; people can say anything Let’s wait until someone gets around to proving it before we get excited In the meantime why not check out how nature moves entire continents? It’s called plate tectonics and scientists have plenty of evidence for it”7 In defense of good science “Science is best thought of as a tool And like most tools it can be used to do something constructive or to whack somebody over the head Science is a great way of thinking and discovering that helps us figure out much about the world and the universe”8 Debunking common misconceptions “Being smart whatever that word means to you doesn’t automatically make someone a good skeptic”9 Understanding the right approach to skepticism and it may involve just asking the right uestions “If believers refuse to think critically about their claims then call them on it Why are you reluctant to challenge a claim that you say is so important and obviously true? What are you afraid of?”10 The value of being a good skeptic “Weak skepticism is perhaps the greatest unrecognized global crisis of all Every day people waste time throw away money suffer and even die because they failed to think like a scientist”11 A great discussion on brain science and how it relates to skepticism “The good news for you is that just being aware of how your brain goes about its business greatly improves your chances of keeping both feet planted in reality” A bonus uote “We don’t really see what we look at Instead our brain tells us what we see and it doesn’t give us the complete and accurate picture” Great stuff12 One of the great strengths of this wonderful book reasons to be skeptical Harrison goes through a long list of reasons to be skeptical in an accessible and intelligible manner 13 Sound scientific principles “The best we can do is accept conclusions that are backed up by the best evidence we have today and agree to change our minds if better evidence ever comes along that says something different tomorrow”14 Great examples of common biasesfallacies and how to recognize them Base rate fallacy “We can readily find ourselves focusing on one tiny speck of information a single story for example or on bad data that supports a claim while simultaneously ignoring credible information or a larger body of data that goes against it”15 Provides MANY great examples of bad claims “The basic claim of homeopathic medicine is that water can “remember” an active ingredient in the original brew and that—contrary to logic—the you dilute the solution the potent it becomes for treating diseases Most homeopathic remedies are diluted to such extremes that there is nothing left of the original active ingredient” “Complementary or alternative medicine is really just unproven medicine”16 Find out Harrison’s favorite end time scenario17 Addressing the so called Moon hoax “The late Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the Moon summed it up nicely “It would have been harder to fake it than to do it”18 Good overall health including brain health “There is just something about flipping back and forth between languages that keeps a brain sharp and healthy It even seems to delay for years the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly people”19 The hard cold facts “humankind currently spends hundreds of billions of dollars per year on fortunetellers medical uackery and other nonsense”20 A sense of awe “By the way if your life ever seems too slow just remember that the Earth is spinning at the euator at a rate of about a thousand miles per hour We are also flying through space around the Sun at speeds of than 65000 miles per hour”21 Excellent notes Bibliography and even a section called Resources to Keep Learning Negatives1 There is very little in this excellent book to complain about other than the feeling I get that Harrison wanted to go deeper into some of the topics and decided to go for uality and brevity over a comprehensive approach2 On such an ambitious and broad topic like thinking and skepticism you can certainly uestion everything but it’s too hard to cover everything That is some topics were left out 911 conspiracy Holocaust deniers etc understandably so In summary what a wonderful and inspirational book this turned out to be Skepticism is a fantastic topic that has real value for the individual and society Harrison succeeds in showing how to put good thinking into practice by applying it to a number of fascinating and popular paranormal claims But what set this book apart from most is the youthful glee for knowledge and the uest for wisdom “I love knowing that I’ll never run out of things to learn and experience” My sentiments exactly You owe it to yourself to be a good skeptic get this book and learn how Further recommendations “50 Popular Beliefs People Think Are True” and “50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God” by the same author “Critical Thinking” by Wayne Bartz “An Appetite for Wonder” and “The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins “Demon Haunted World” by Carl Sagan “This Explains Everything” edited by John Brockman “Nonsense A Handbook of Logical Fallacies” by Robert J Gula “The Science of Miracles” by Joe Nickell “Do You Believe in Magic” by Paul A Offit “Tales of the Rational” by Massimo Pigliucci “Voodoo Science” by Robert Park “Science Matters” by Robert M Hazen “Fool Me Twice Fighting the Assault on Science” by Shawn Lawrence “Lies Damned Lies and Science” by Sherry Seethaler and “Science Under Siege” by Kendrick Frazier

  5. says:

    I am a scientist and skeptic I did expect the book to be written at a slightly higher level than it is so I was a bit underwhelmed The author tries to hard to be uncontroversial and soft peddling in his presentation As a result the whole book is repetitive and generally boring Intellectual argument is exciting It's sometimes even bombastic That's what it is to think Not some soothing mammby pammby I THINK he missed the point as will many of the readersThe entire contents could adeuately have been summed up in a short essay rather than 200 pages of repetitive mantra The argument is at a high school level at best

  6. says:

    Thought I was getting a book on critical thinking Not so much; so a book on beware of bigfoot the loch ness monster area 51 the Bermuda triangle etc Really disappointed

  7. says:

    I was disappointed with this book I was expecting a advanced book The information in the book is very basic I learned this in a general science course in high school Harrison claims that too many people accept information without examining it critically He discusses alien abduction miracles Bigfoot conspiracy theories pseudoscience and fallacies and explains why we should ask uestions and be skeptical He does provide a few useful tools to analyze a claim but mostly he list things to be suspicious of The book is short entertaining easy read but provides no new information The book primarily is about being a skeptic not about critical thinking I read this book as an audio book downloaded from Audible George Newbern did a good job narrating the book

  8. says:

    Not even worth a rating This was the most pointless book I've ever skimmed Yes skimmed Read the intro and skimmed the rest How it landed on a Forbes must read list is beyond me I should return it to the library and tell them to put in the farm animal section because it was clearly written for sheep I'm concerned by the success of this book Baaaaaa

  9. says:

    Honestly must read and well written

  10. says:

    The best part of this book is that it includes a section on Resources to Keep Learning Which the author based his chapters on but weakly presents a summary of those findings Note also reiterated with a bit clarity at the end of each chapter under the heading of good thinkingThe biggest draw back is the condescending and mocking attitude throughout the book Which is usually an ineffective way to convince people to change the way they believe There are some good points but sadly all of them are crammed into each other like a collection of blog posts I don't know if this is because of the typeface or the lack of space between changes of ideas but reading this hurts my brainWhile I do believe in most of his arguments​ FOR skepticism they are weakly presented here without support or evidence Which I thought was funny because he spends a bit of time discussing who has the burden of proof in regards to claims Several times he mentions what he says makes a good skeptic but he fails to demonstrate how to be skeptical without poisoning the wellFor example;Those who try to convince you that skepticism is negative pessimistic or destructive are either profoundly clueless on the matter or they are being deceptive because they hope to sell you something that you don't need Skepticism is positive optimistic and constructive It's the invaluable defensive weapon that you want and need every day of your life The only people who should not be good skeptics are those who have a deep desire to be a victim to be foolish to waste time and money and perhaps to risk their life for nothing Three things make it abundantly clear why it is wise to be a good skeptic chp 1 p52UUGGH Everytime he makes a point to draw me in he makes an eually profound one that pushes me away I suppose his writing tone surprises me because he notes several worthwhile reads that clearly talk about how as human beings we can't help but believe the type of woo he passionately rails against His presentation here leads me to believe that skepticism is a weapon of snide remarks loosely held together with science In short I don't think this is a good book to help you develop your critical thinking skills or help you be skeptical about things in a healthy way It will not help you identify when you are being manipulated by others

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