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Think: Why You Should Question Everything [Kindle Edition]

Guy P. Harrison

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“If you are happy being told what to think, don’t buy this book. However, if you want to learn how to think and be in control of your health, your investments, and your destiny, then read this book now. In lucid and unbiased writing, Harrison explains how you can enrich your life and that of your loved ones by simply using your brain to think critically.”
 
—Dr. Donald C. Johanson, discoverer of Lucy, the most famous fossil in history
 
“A clear and passionate book on skepticism, clear thinking, and a wide range of juicy paranormal claims. A great and fun read for everyone. Harrison succeeds at motivating, inspiring, and indeed haunting the reader. As he says, ‘Think before you believe.’ Required reading for anyone who doesn’t want to waste time, health, money, and dignity on things that probably are not real or true.”
 
—Jonathan C. Smith, Professor of psychology, Chicago’s Roosevelt University
 
Think will provide you with the tools to protect yourself against being ripped off . . . by common beliefs that don’t stand up to scientific testing. Then, as an added bonus, it will clear the fog so you can better appreciate the awesomeness of reality. Highly recommended.”
 
—Lynne Kelly, author of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal
 
“Sometimes we want things to be true, but being able to tell the difference between fable and fact is not just a nice idea—it will save you money, tons of time, and possibly your life. Harrison’s wonderfully written reality check offers the most valuable education you can get this side of grad school.”
 
—Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior astronomer, SETI Institute

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Think more critically, learn to question 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 question 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.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic Guide to Skepticism! 7. November 2013
Von Book Shark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Think: Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P. Harrison

"Think" is a fantastic and inspirational book that will teach readers how to think like scientists. Question 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 Gain.

Positives:
1. 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 read.
3. Harrison always delivers! Quality 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 interest.
4. 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 quote 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 more than thinking and withholding belief until enough evidence has been presented."
6. Harrison has a unique 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 questions. "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 quote, "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 stuff!
12. 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 biases/fallacies 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 more 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 more you dilute the solution, the more 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 scenario.
17. 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 quackery, 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 equator at a rate of about a thousand miles per hour. We are also flying through space around the Sun at speeds of more than 65,000 miles per hour."
21. Excellent notes, Bibliography and even a section called Resources to Keep Learning.

Negatives:
1. 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 quality and brevity over a more comprehensive approach.
2. On such an ambitious and broad topic like thinking and skepticism you can certainly question 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 quest 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 That 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: The Making of a Scientist" and "The Magic of Reality" by Richard Dawkins, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan, "This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works" edited by John Brockman, "Nonsense: A Handbook of Logical Fallacies" by Robert J. Gula, "The Science of Miracles: Investigating the Incredible" by Joe Nickell, "Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" by Paul A. Offit, "Tales of the Rational" by Massimo Pigliucci, "Voodoo Science" by Robert Park, "Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy" 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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really Well Done 30. November 2013
Von Book Fanatic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a fan of Guy Harrison's books - the several 50 reasons type books he has written. He has a very non-confrontational style but it is very clear what he thinks. Rather than focus on a specific subject like his previous books this one is on general skepticism. The book is broken into several parts:

Part 1 - Standing Tall on a Fantasy-Prone Planet -- This part is what it means to be a skeptic in a world of strange beliefs.

Part 2 - Pay a Visit To That Strange Thing in Your Head -- This part is about how our brains fool us.

Part 3 - A Thinker's Guide to Unusual Claims and Weird Beliefs -- This part surveys the most common beliefs that the author thinks you should be skeptical about and gives his reasons.

Part 4 - The Proper Care and Feeding of a Thinking Machine -- This part is about how you should take care of your brain.

Part 5 - So Little to Lose and a Universe to Gain -- This part is an inspiring vision of skepticism.

This book has Amazon's "Look Inside" feature so be sure to review the table of contents and some of the text.

This book is very general and does an excellent job of introducing people to skepticism. For a die-hard skeptic like me there really wasn't anything new, but the book was thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring anyway. A nice treat for anyone who likes to *Think*.

Recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good entry-level guide to skepticism 31. Dezember 2013
Von Karina Gronnvoll - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a short, entertaining, easy read. It isn't anything new to someone who has been a skeptic for years, but that isn't Guy Harrison's goal. He writes very plainly early in the book that he isn't out to teach people what to think, but rather, how to think like scientists. In the tradition of Carl Sagan, he writes in layman's terms in a very accessible, entertaining way, and without arrogance. Carl Sagan's book, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark", attempted the same thing, but with greater length and depth. The brevity of this book will probably make it somewhat less intimidating for people without a science background.

I think this book has something for almost everyone. It's an excellent introduction for people just beginning to question their long-held assumptions. It is also an excellent reminder to skeptics that we have no vaild reason to be arrogant. People have always believed things that are unlikely to be true, because that is the way our human brains work. Harrison's reminders/revelations (depending on where you are coming from) are kindly phrased and scientifically accurate. "Think" is a great start in a scientific education, or a great reminder of what skepticism is up against in the world. I recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Harrison does it again 19. November 2013
Von Jay Young - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have been enjoying Guy Harrison's work ever since "50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a god" was published in 2008. His writing embodies what Carl Sagan urged, a "marriage of skepticism and wonder." His latest book continues to reflect that.

I think of "Think" as the basis for all of his previous books, even though this it's his latest. Or to put it another way, he elaborates and extrapolates all of the principles of skepticism, which were implicit in his previous books, but are made explicit here. Specifically, he delves into why there are many reasons why we can't take things at face value (flaws in memory, perception, etc.), and then applies those reasons to be skeptical of the many strange beliefs people hold, everything from Bigfoot to alternative medicine. But he does not stop at questioning "weird things"- he shares his wonder and appreciation for everything that the real world, as revealed by science, has to offer. For instance, after discussing cryptozoology, he offers an alternative to people who are interested in monsters- acual monsters that scientists are discovering all the time; at the bottom of the sea, in microscopic observations, and in extreme environments. To cite another example, after discussing alleged UFo visits, Harrison suggests looking into SETI, or possible parallel universes. Reality is never boring, in other words. This is how he embodies the marriage of skepticism and wonder.

Other great aspects of the book:
* He urges us all to take care of our brains. We've all heard of the necessity of sleep, nutrition and exercise for our bodies, but we need those things for well-functioning brains as well! (Of course, there is no "us" apart from our brains, and our minds are not seprate from our bodies, but there is not an exact way in the English language to communicate this)
* He elucidates on the "unacknowledged crisis" of weak skepticism around the world, and what we as a species have to gain if we embrace science and reason.

The naturalistic and science-based outlook is anything but dull. Indeed, it is exciting, and essential to us if we are to survive. Read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You'll read it again and again. 18. Januar 2014
Von motorhead - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In an age when the vast ocean of mankind's knowledge is available at the click of a button, Mr. Harrison offers up an instructional, entertaining, and informative book to help any person navigate those perilous waters. Subjects, familiar and not- quite-so-familiar, are covered in his own unique style. Fun, interesting, and invaluable, it's the type of book you'll want to share with family and friends.
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