Don't Get Fooled Again
The Sceptic's Guide to Life
By (author) Richard Wilson
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Don't Get Fooled Again by Richard Wilson
Book DescriptionWhy is it that, time and again, intelligent, educated people end up falling for ideas that turn out on closer examination to be nonsense? We live in a supposedly rational age, yet crazy notions seem increasingly mainstream. New Age peddlers claim to cure Aids with vitamin tablets. Media gatekeepers stoke panic and regurgitate corporate press releases in the name of 'balance'. Wild-eyed men in sandwich boards blame it all on the CIA.Even the word 'sceptic' has been appropriated by cranks and conspiracy theorists bent on rewriting history and debunking sound science. But while it may be easier than ever for nonsense to spread, it's never been simpler to fight back. "Don't Get Fooled Again" offers practical tools for cutting through the claptrap and unravelling the spin - tackling propaganda, the psychology of deception, pseudo-news, bogus science, the weird cult of 'Aids reappraisal', numerous conspiracy theories (including the one about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq), and much more. Richard Wilson's book is user-friendly, enjoyable, shot through with polemic - and argues forcefully for a positive solution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781848310148
(198mm x 136mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Wilson
Worldly Shakespeare, Paperback (February 2016)
In Worldly Shakespeare Richard Wilson proposes that the universalism proclaimed in the name of Shakespeare's playhouse was tempered by his own worldliness, the performative idea that runs through his plays, that if 'All the world's a stage: then 'all the men and women in it' are 'merely players'.
Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy, Paperback (September 2014)
A collection of 15 essays by celebrated authors in Shakespeare studies and in continental philosophy that develops different aspects of the interface between continental thinking and Shakespeare's plays.
Free Will, Paperback (March 2014)View all books by Richard Wilson
A study of theatre and sovereignty that situates Shakespeare's plays in the contraflow between two absolutisms of early modern England: the aesthetic and the political
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Author Biography - Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson read Philosophy at University College London. His first book, Titanic Express, recounts his search for the truth about the death of his sister Charlotte, who was killed in Burundi in 2000. He now works for a human rights organisation and lives in London with his wife, Heleen.
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