This book should be compulsory reading for all mid-teenagers and above. It looks at the value of the scientific method and critical thinking including having an awareness of bias and incorrect thinking. It is a vaccine against pseudo science, superstition, scammers, shysters, crooks and helps readers better understand human perception and thinking. If you haven't already listened to the podcast The Sceptics Guide to the Universe it is well worth sampling.
Clear, friendly language with really useful insights about the nature of human memory, bias and logical fallacies; plus great guidance for anyone wishing to learn how to really follow citations back to the source. You don't have to be a skeptic to read this book, and you may not be one when you've read it, but you will understand what skepticism actually is rather than the false definition peddled by the woo pushers.
A great reference and introduction to scientific skepticism. It has helped me to shape my discussions and responses to others by challenging constructively various forms of pseudoscience or mysticism. It will now become a reference book in my library sure to be browsed for some clarification or gem.
With so much nonsense in the world masquerading as knowledge this book couldn’t be more timely. Recommend for everyone, but particularly those struggling to navigate the whacky world of endless woo, fad diets, and science “breakthrough” headlines that never materialize. Inoculate yourself from errors in thinking, and be better at separating truth from falsehood. Becoming a “skeptic” is about thinking critically and careful discernment not naysaying. SGU FTW!