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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.
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Great collection of little essays, showing the way of scientific and skeptical thinking, and common mind traps which one should consider
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Because this is merely a collection of essays brought together for a book, it was hard to have an overall flow of organized information. The content was of course awesome and Shermer is a great author, so no complaints there! It was also a good commute format, as I could pick up a chapter at a time.
thoigh Michael's delivery is quite boring, it doesnt prevent you from gleaning the incredible information contained with in his collection of essays. he handles all topics with respect and measured pressure, and its a great read for people just starting in the path of questioning the world around you in a rrspectful yet productive way.
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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The subject sounded really interesting, but it was hard to actually listen to it. Very boring
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