by Jevin D. West & Carl T. Bergstrom
The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World
‘A necessary book for our times. But also just great fun’ Saul Perlmutter, Nobel Laureate
The world is awash in bullshit, and we’re drowning in it. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Start-up culture elevates hype to high art. These days, calling bullshit is a noble act.
Based on a popular course at the University of Washington, Calling Bullshit gives us the tools to see through the obfuscations, deliberate and careless, that dominate every realm of our lives. In this lively guide, biologist Carl Bergstrom and statistician Jevin West show that calling bullshit is crucial to a properly functioning social group, whether it be a circle of friends, a community of researchers, or the citizens of a nation. Through six rules of thumb, they help us recognize bullshit whenever and wherever we encounter it – even within ourselves – and explain it to a crystal-loving aunt or casually racist grandfather.