Believing Bullshit

How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
Author: Stephen Law
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616144122
Category: Philosophy
Page: 271
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This book identifies eight key mechanisms that can transform a set of ideas into a psychological flytrap. The author suggests that, like the black holes of outer space, from which nothing, not even light, can escape, our contemporary cultural landscape contains numerous intellectual black-holes—belief systems constructed in such a way that unwary passers-by can similarly find themselves drawn in. While such self-sealing bubbles of belief will most easily trap the gullible or poorly educated, even the most intelligent and educated of us are potentially vulnerable. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers have fallen in, never to escape. This witty, insightful critique will help immunize readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, promoters of flaky alternative medicines, and others by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and maintained.

Creencias Tóxicas


Author: Arroyo Joaquín
Publisher: Bubok
ISBN: 8468609331
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 146
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La religión en el mundo moderno parece a la vez retirarse y radicalizarse. Creencias e Iglesias se encuentran en un entorno crecientemente indiferente u hostil en el que su situación, privilegios y afiliación tienden a empeorar y su respuesta no es puramente espiritual sino que, como muchas veces antes, actúan como grupos de presión o poderes fácticos que tratan de imponer sus particulares normas a creyentes y no creyentes por igual.Un repaso al hecho de que creencias e iglesias son a menudo una amenaza para la libertad, la diversidad, la democracia y el progreso científico.

Bullshit and Philosophy

Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time
Author: Gary L. Hardcastle,George A. Reisch
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812697847
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
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Popular interest in bullshit — and its near relative, truthiness — is at an all-time high, but the subject has a rich philosophical history, with Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant all weighing in on the matter. Here, contemporary philosophers reflect on bullshit from epistemological, ethical, metaphysical, historical, and political points of view. Tackling questions including what is bullshit, what does it do, is it a passing fad, and can it ever be eliminated, the book is a guide and resource for the many who find bullshit worth pondering.

How to Defend the Christian Faith

Advice from an Atheist
Author: John W. Loftus,Peter Boghossian
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
ISBN: 1634310586
Category: Religion
Page: 280
View: 3573
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The first book on Christian apologetics written by a leading atheist figure that teaches Christians the best and worst arguments for defending their faith against attack The Christian faith has been vigorously defended with a variety of philosophical, historical, and theological arguments, but many of the arguments that worked in an earlier age no longer resonate in today's educated West. Where has apologetics gone wrong? What is the best response to the growing challenge presented by scientific discovery and naturalistic thought? Unlike every work on Christian apologetics that has come before, How to Defend the Christian Faith is the first one written by an atheist for Christians. As a former Christian defender who is now a leading atheist thinker, John Loftus answers these questions and more. He shows readers why Christian apologists have failed to reach the intelligent nonbeliever and offers practical advice for Christians, whether they want to better defend their faith against atheist arguments, or actively convert more individuals to Christianity.

Manual for Creating Atheists


Author: Peter Boghossian
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
ISBN: 1939578159
Category: Religion
Page: 280
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For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith—and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith—but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than 20 years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.

Mastering The Void


Author: Manuel Tanase
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557426189
Category:
Page: 157
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Research notes of a Heretic about the delicate mechanics of the universe. Theories regarding the duality of things, principles that govern systems from religion to sacred geometry of symbols to physics, observations about how information balances itself and much more. One of the three sections of the book is dedicated to experiments and practical use of these original concepts. The applications range from subliminal control to prediction of coincidences, indirect causing of events and things you won't normally find discussed or commented.

Trabajos de mierda

Una teoría
Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Editorial Ariel
ISBN: 8434429489
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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El nuevo esclavismo. Pasarse la vida trabajando en algo totalmente innecesario. Un trabajo de mierda. ¿Su trabajo tiene algún sentido para la sociedad? En la primavera de 2013, David Graeber hizo esta pregunta en un ensayo lúdico y provocativo titulado «Sobre el fenómeno de los trabajos de mierda». El artículo se volvió viral. Después de un millón de visitas en línea en diecisiete idiomas diferentes, la gente sigue debatiendo la respuesta. Hay millones de personas: consultores de recursos humanos, coordinadores de comunicación, investigadores de telemarketing, abogados corporativos..., cuyos trabajos son inútiles, y ellos lo saben. Estas personas están atrapadas en unos trabajos de mierda. Olvide a Piketty o Marx; es Graeber, uno de los antropólogos y activistas más influyentes del momento, quien dice alto y claro que muchas de las tareas que se realizan en una economía de esclavos asalariados son una forma de empleo tan carente de sentido, tan innecesaria o tan perniciosa que ni siquiera el propio trabajador es capaz de justificar su existencia, y pese a ello se siente obligado a fingir que no es así. La crítica social que persigue el libro es sólida y aguda, especialmente cuando introduce categorías tan refinadas como los «trabajos chapuza», que realizan determinados empleados para, por ejemplo, mantener en funcionamiento máquinas viejas y ahorrarle a la empresa la compra de nueva maquinaria. No deja de tener su lógica, ya que, como dijo Orwell, «una población que está ocupada trabajando, aunque sea en tareas totalmente inútiles, no tiene tiempo para hacer mucho más». De ahí que, como concluye Graeber, lo que tengamos sea una mierda permanente.

El Secreto (The Secret)


Author: Rhonda Byrne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439102716
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 192
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La edición especial del 10° Aniversario del libro que transformó vidas, ahora con un nuevo prólogo y revelaciones de Rhonda Byrne. En el 2006, un largometraje revolucionario reveló el gran misterio del universo—El Secreto—y, luego, Rhonda Byrne lo siguió con un libro que se convirtió en uno de los libros más vendidos mundialmente. El Secreto siempre ha estado parcialmente presente en las tradiciones orales, en la literatura, en las religiones y en las distintas filosofías de todos los tiempos. Por primera vez, todos estos fragmentos han sido reunidos en una increíble revelación que transformará la vida de todo aquel que lo experimente. En este libro aprenderás a cómo utilizar El Secreto en todos los aspectos de tu vida: dinero, salud, relaciones, felicidad y en todas tus interacciones con el mundo. Empezarás a entender el poder oculto que hay en tu interior, El Secreto te traerá felicidad en todas las áreas de tu vida. El Secreto encierra la sabiduría de los grandes maestros actuales-quienes lo han utilizado para conseguir salud, fortuna y felicidad. Al aplicar el conocimiento de El Secreto los maestros nos revelan increíbles historias de sanación, de generación de riqueza económica, de superación de obstáculos y de cómo alcanzar cualquier logro que pueda calificarse de imposible.

On bullshit

sobre la manipulación de la verdad
Author: Harry G. Frankfurt
Publisher: Paidos Iberica Ediciones S A
ISBN: 9788449318832
Category: Philosophy
Page: 80
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Una de las características más sobresalientes de nuestra cultura es la gran abundancia de fantochadas. Todos lo sabemos y todos contribuimos a ello. Pero el fenómeno aún no ha despertado demasiadas preocupaciones. No tenemos ninguna comprensión clara de cuál es la sustancia de la que están hechas las fantochadas, de por qué abundan tanto o qué papel desempeñan. Y carecemos de una verdadera conciencia sobre lo que significan para nosotros. Es decir, como dice Harry Frankfurt: «No tenemos ninguna teoría». Frankfurt, uno de los filósofos morales más influyentes del mundo, procura construir aquí esa teoría. Con su combinación característica de pasión filosófica, penetración psicológica y maliciosa ironía, explora los modos en que la fantochada puede distinguirse de la tergiversación deliberada. Y concluye que puede tomar muchas formas inocentes, pero en realidad es mucho más perniciosa para la verdad que las propias mentiras.

Heresies


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Feminism
Page: N.A
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A feminist publication on art and politics.

No Bullshit Social Media

The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing
Author: Jason Falls,Erik Deckers
Publisher: Que Publishing
ISBN: 0132748908
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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The In-Your-Face, Results-Focused, No-“Kumbaya” Guide to Social Media for Business! Detailed techniques for increasing sales, profits, market share, and efficiency Specific solutions for brand-building, customer service, R&D, and reputation management Facts, statistics, real-world case studies, and rock-solid metrics Stop hiding from social media--or treating it as if it’s a playground. Start using it strategically. Identify specific, actionable goals. Apply business discipline and proven best practices. Stop fearing risks. Start mitigating them. Measure performance. Get results. You can. This book shows you how. Jason Falls and Erik Deckers serve up practical social media techniques and metrics for building brands, strengthening awareness, improving service, optimizing R&D, driving better leads--and closing more sales. “Conversations” and “communities” are wonderful, but they’re not enough. Get this book and get what you really want from social media: profits. Think social media’s a passing fad? Too risky? Just a toy? Too soft and fuzzy? Not for your business? Wake up! It’s where your customers are. And it ain’t going away. Does that suck? No. It doesn’t. Do social media right, and all those great business buzzwords come true. Actionable. Measurable. And...wait for it...here comes the big one. Profitable. Damn profitable. Want to know how to do it right? We’ll show you. And, yeah, we know how because we’ve done it. This is the bullshit-free, lie-free, fluff-free, blessedly non-New-Age real deal. You’re going to learn how to use social media to deliver absolutely killer customer service. How to R&D stuff people actually want. Develop scads of seriously qualified leads. You’ll figure out what you want. You know, the little things like profits, market share, loyalty, and brand power. You’ll figure out how to measure it. And then you’ll go get it. One more thing. We know what scares you about social media. Screwing up (a.k.a., your mug on the front page of The Wall Street Journal). So we’ll tell you what to do so that won’t happen. Ever. No B.S. in this book. Just facts. Metrics. Best practices. Stuff to warm the hearts of your CFO, CEO, all your C-whatevers. And, yeah, you. So get your head out from under the pillow. Get your butt in gear. Let’s go make some money.

Versus


Author: Ron Coleman
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465374043
Category: Poetry
Page: 114
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Conflict: an aspect of all of our lives that is unavoidable and depending on the situation, leaves one happy, sad, angry, or even feeling helpless. Ron Colemans first literary foray, VersUS, explores conflict in many forms, subconsciously placing you in each poems situations.

Believing


Author: Courtney Rausch
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469118106
Category: Fiction
Page: 203
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You never get something for nothing, something that Cara was always told as a child and now that childhood lesson comes to life. A trip to George Raphaels Private Island leaves Cara and her friends not entirely human, with powers beyond belief. Now running for their lives they turn to the only other person whos ever been on the island, Rina, but little do they know thats only the beginning of what Rina has planned to gain revenge on Raphael.

Sane Asylum


Author: Charles Hampden-Turner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Criminals
Page: 296
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Louisiana Plays


Author: Hiram Ed Taylor
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462806287
Category: Drama
Page: 377
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LOUISIANA PLAYS by Hiram Ed Taylor is a collection of 4 plays developed in workshops or staged readings at the New Orleans Theatre Experiments Lab, a group dedicated to creating new works about Louisiana. The first play, PROPHECY a comedy about the future of mankind was given two staged readings before an audience at the Contemporary Arts Center. The second play SAVAGE PRIDE, a ghost play about survival, was also given a reading at the CAC. The third a musical about sex, BOURBON STREET had 5 songs performed at the DramaRama Festival at the CAC and then a staged presentation at LePetit Theatre du Vieux Carre. The last musical about life after death, HEAVENS BAR was presented at the Firehouse Theatre in Mobile, Alabama. Taken as a group they represent a body of work by Mr. Taylor over the past 8 years. All four scripts are comedy, although they border on serious themes and are dramatic and tragic in places. Louisiana serves as a place where life and human folly are examined in comic detail. There is an abundance of terrific roles for women in each play; especially for older actresses over 40. They seem to represent the MotherGoddess who controls the flow of the script through the mess the men characters make of their lives. Wife, mother, fortune teller, heavenly bartender (god) or whore, they are the power in each script. The scripts may not seen commercial because of their content and language. Musicals about sex with S&M numbers and Homosexuality presented as normal every day events are hard to get produced in current regional theaters concerned with their grants being cut because of the current government standards. Although Southern Baptist audiences in Mobile, Alabama loved HEAVENS BAR, script readers in other parts of the country have decided it is too much about religion for their theaters to take a chance on possibly offending someones beliefs. So, we have chosen to publish the plays as written without care who they may outrage. They are bold and they are daring and isnt that what good theater is suppose to be about? They are also highly theatrical and deserve to be on a stage performed live for an audience. But, until that time, here they are in print.

I Call Bullshit

Debunking the Most Commonly Repeated Myths
Author: Jamie Frater
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1612430104
Category: Reference
Page: 400
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IS THAT SMART-SOUNDING PERSON SPOUTING KNOWLEDGE, OR ARE THEY FULL OF IT? Do you want the real facts to counter and correct the steaming piles of myth and misinformation you hear all the time? This fascinating collection tells exactly what you need to know so the next time you hear someone repeat one of these common falsehoods, you’ll be ready to call bullshit on: •Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. •Your heart stops when you sneeze. •Crime increases during a full moon. •A goldfish’s memory lasts only a few seconds. •It was illegal to drink alcohol during Prohibition. •Chameleons change color as camouflage. •Slaves built the pyramids in Egypt. •Decaf coffee has no caffeine. •Buddha was fat.

Unleashed: The Story of TOOL


Author: Joel Mclver
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 0857127705
Category: Music
Page: 272
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The very first book about the Anglo-American metal band Tool explores not only their uncompromising music but also their unsettling, self-made image based on mythological symbols and arcane theories. The quartet of master musicians – Maynard James Keenan, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones – emerged from the club scene in Los Angeles in 1990 alongside their friends Rage Against the Machine, grabbing the concept of heavy music and then completely redefining it. With a sixties-style commitment to art and agit-prop, they have now attained a level of artistic complexity and depth which makes their enduring success a miracle in today’s culture of bland, corporate entertainment. Their rise to glory has been one of the stranger rock tales of our time. Joel McIver leaves no detail omitted as he delves into the mystery behind Tool’s music

An American in Heaven


Author: Gordon Phinn
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1846942306
Category: Fiction
Page: 189
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Melanie may be a dead teenager, but she's also an outrageously funny bad-mouthing bitch who doesn't care what you once thought about the afterlife, cause she's gonna give you the straight goods. No church crap. No science crap. No goody- two-shoes-gets-you-in crap. She's giving you the unvarnished truth as she sees it every day of her deadlife, no denial, no whitewash and no dumbing down.

Endless Horizon

A Very Messy Motorcycle Journey Around the World
Author: Dan Walsh
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760336040
Category: Transportation
Page: 384
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Reports from the gonzo frontier of motorcycle travel--from Dakar to Ghana to South Africa, then on to North and South America--from the pre-eminent biker-rebel writer of our generation.

ZenOPHOBIA


Author: Kedeyi Truhart
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 140926310X
Category:
Page: 99
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Too afraid to love, a woman ends up falling in love with her best friend and has to confront the pain of her own emotional dysfunction when he starts dating someone else... How can she break through the pain to learn from her plight and discover her inner truth?