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By dugreader on 09-04-16
Mostly for Those Already in the Choir
What did you like best about Skeptic? What did you like least?
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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By Jesse on 10-09-17
Great content, but a little disorganized
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.
By Amazon Customer on 03-14-17
skeptical approach to a host of topics
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.
By James on 07-12-16
Trite and often dull.
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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