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Book Reco: The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, by Dr. Steven Novella

This is a great book for someone who wants to help sort through information from a scientific, fact-based approach.

We have a real problem with misinformation being shared and going viral on social media. Any time you see some information, question it’s origin.

“Is this real, or was this created to garner a click and/or to go viral.”

There is a seemingly infinite amount of content online and one way to get your attention is to present it as being shocking or outrageous. Don’t fall for it.

A few of the great topics in the book include:

  1. The Dunning-Kruger Effect
  2. Pyramid Schemes
  3. The Singularity (artificial intelligence)
  4. The Warrens and Ghost Hunting
  5. Fake News

This is a big book, but an easy read and you can go through and cherry pick the topics you are most interested in.

Be thoughtful. Be deliberate. Be skeptical.