A Field Guide to Lies

  • by Daniel J. Levitin
  • Narrated by Dan Piraro
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Organized Mind and This Is Your Brain on Music, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever.
We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process - especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half truths, and even outright lies. New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports, revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.
It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudofacts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories - statistical infomation and faulty arguments - ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning - not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Listeners learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection.
Levitin's charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren't so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!


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This should be mandatory for everyone in the age of misinformation

Read my headline. This is basically an abridged lesson learned in information credibility that I got doing my Masters in Information Management. There's no bias and he does his best to cite examples from both sides.
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- Dan

Spectacular & Necessary in the Internet Age

Excellent breakdown of complex issues. Education on overcoming biases & fallacies of intuition is best started as early as possible, especially when kids are on the web so early in their lives. This should be a prerequisite read for anyone on the Internet. I'm shocked at how succinctly the author was able to explain extremely complex processes and statistical methods. Recommend the physical book to clarify graphs/charts/imagery over audio version, but it was still fantastic.
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- Lauren Brazil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio