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Don't Get Fooled Again: The Sceptic's Guide to Life Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310148
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews for his first book, 'Titanic Express': "'Incredibly moving' Ziauddin Sardar, Independent 'An astonishing chronicle' Bronwen Maddox, The Times 'I have watched in growing admiration how, with dogged persistence, Richard Wilson has conducted a singular crusade, not just to bring his sister's murderers to justice, but to understand who they were and why they killed her.' Jon Swain, Sunday Times" `An enjoyable polemic against pretty much everything really, and as it rips apart our own gullibility and life in general, it also manages to highlight a lot of the basic philosophical premises that we have opted into without giving them real consideration in the first place. An enjoyable diatribe, indeed.' -- Publishing News 'Richard's Wilson's [book] has been likened to Francis Wheen's `How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World.' It provides an objective and philosophical dissection of some commonly held beliefs. Almost a self-help book, this provides the reader with the analytical tools to avoid being taken for a ride, as well as being entertaining and informative.' -- Patrick Neale, Bookseller `... a very useful handbook for people who know that things they read in the paper or hear on the television are "not quite right" and need to be challenged.' -- A Common Reader 'Written in lucid prose, well researched and strongly argued, `Don't Get Fooled Again' is a great little book. It has reminded me of the virtues of scepticism (as distinct from cynicism, which is unthinking negativity and expecting the worst in all circumstances). So, if you don't want to buy a pig in a poke, have the wool pulled over your eyes or be an unquestioning sheep, then this is the book for you.' -- Bookgeeks `There's so much gold in Wilson's book it's hard to pick out specific examples. Wilson explains in a wonderful aside that the brain regenerates itself every seven years - meaning in effect that you will be a completely different person by November 30 2015. He shatters the postmodern paradigm of a Western imperial Enlightenment forced upon complaining natives by discussing the developing world's substantial contributions to science.' -- Max Dunbar `Prescribed read for the hype-harassed and panic-pumped.' -- Hindu `It's refreshing to read this new book by Richard Wilson.' -- Brendan Wallace, Fortean Times `Wilson's book is a necessary and well-written guide to guarding yourself against 'being fooled again'.' -- Brendan Wallace, Fortean Times

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`This is a book about expensive delusions, and how to avoid them. It looks at the myriad ways in which we can deceive ourselves - and be deceived by others. We've all been fooled at one time or another - be it in love or in business, by the media or by the promise of politicians. There are no solid guarantees that can protect us in the future. But by learning more about the human weakness for wishful thinking, the mechanisms of psychological manipulation, and the tools that we can use to separate fact from fantasy, we can at least go some way towards inoculating ourselves.'
Richard Wilson, from his Introduction

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