Calling Bullshit: The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World

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Penguin Books Limited, 4. ágú. 2020 - 336 síður
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'A necessary book for our times. But also just great fun' Saul Perlmutter, Nobel Laureate

The world is awash in bullshit, and we're drowning in it. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Start-up culture elevates hype to high art. These days, calling bullshit is a noble act.

Based on a popular course at the University of Washington, Calling Bullshit gives us the tools to see through the obfuscations, deliberate and careless, that dominate every realm of our lives. In this lively guide, biologist Carl Bergstrom and statistician Jevin West show that calling bullshit is crucial to a properly functioning social group, whether it be a circle of friends, a community of researchers, or the citizens of a nation. Through six rules of thumb, they help us recognize bullshit whenever and wherever we encounter it - even within ourselves - and explain it to a crystal-loving aunt or casually racist grandfather.

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Bullshit uses linear regression…? They say that it's absurd to claim that women will be running faster than men at some point in the future, but it's worth pointing out that in a pragmatic, real way ... Read full review

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World

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Evolutionary biologist Bergstrom (coauthor, Evolution) and data scientist West deliver an informative and energetic examination of the ways in which data can be misused to influence audiences ... Read full review

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Jevin D. West (Author)
Jevin West is a data scientist and Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He is Director of the Center for an Informed Public and co-founder of the DataLab. His research focuses on misinformation in science and society.

Carl T. Bergstrom (Author)
Carl Theodore Bergstrom is a theoretical and evolutionary biologist and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses on the flow of information through biological and social networks.

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