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Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science
Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science | Will Storr
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Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism, and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological hero maker inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial. "
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Pickpick

For a journalist, Storr is refreshingly honest and interesting. The Heretics investigates those with outlandish beliefs, but Storr threats them with respect and dignity, even at times when perhaps the reader wishes he wouldn't.

Great book. Really fascinating insight into the human mind, and it's creation of narratives.

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keithmalek
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Panpan

In addition to being boring, Storr tries too hard to attempt to give most of these lunatics at least a little bit of credibility. They deserve none. Instead of reading this, read "Them: Adventures With Extremists" by Jon Ronson.

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keithmalek
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Suet624 ugh 3y
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keithmalek

We are at risk of bumping into the fact that our own stories can lie to us if we are never given reason to consider it. I wonder how often we are seduced by attractive plots that we have happened across in life: tricked into faulty beliefs by our hatred for Goliath.

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keithmalek
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Suet624 WTF?? 3y
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Suet624 Well this is both funny and sobering. 3y
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keithmalek

In Iceland--a country that boasts a one-hundred percent literacy rate--contractors carrying out huge public works, such as road building, have to consult with specialists to ensure that they bypass the homes of fairies and gnomes, while builders hire 'elf spotters' to scope the land before work begins on a new house.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This sounds really weird, and interesting... in the best possible way. 3y
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keithmalek

Some cultures experience emotions that are unique. In New Guinea, the Gururumba men have a mental state that is known as 'being a wild pig' in which they run around stealing things and attacking passersby. Dylan Evans of the University of Bath writes that this emotion 'is seen as an unwelcome but involuntary event' so some people suffering from it are given special consideration which includes relief from financial obligations.'

Suet624 I wonder what they do if it‘s a woman doing the same thing. 3y
keithmalek @Suet624 That's a good question. 3y
Suet624 Actually I think we know the answer. 😜😬😞 3y
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For a 1979 study that has been widely replicated, academics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville took fifteen patients who had been complaining of depression and anxiety and sent them to see various psychotherapists. At the end of their treatment, they showed no more improvement than a control group who had been seen by fake therapists and received no training whatsoever.

Suet624 That‘s disappointing. And hard to imagine. 3y
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Another great idea by #audible on Instagram!!! Im a Libra but I don‘t agree 🤦🏻‍♂️😂😂😂 what are you and what would you want to be?

Kaila-ann Virgo and I kinda dig it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
jenniferw88 Taurus & happy with Classics! Both my Mum (Aquarius) & Dad (Libra) are wrong though, especially Dad as he dislikes most types of poetry (it has to rhyme for him to like it)! 3y
abookishbutterfly I‘m cancer. I do like memoirs! 3y
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Sweetkokoro I‘m a Sagittarius and I so do not agree, mystery is so boring to me haha. Im 3y
quirkthenerd I‘m a Pisces, we emotional beings can use all the help we can get 😅 3y
La_Cori I'm Taurus, and Classics are my go-to for audiobooks! 😊 3y
cobwebmoth Aries here. Adventure is okay, but I'd prefer Fantasy or Mystery. 3y
Marmie7 Gemini- 💖sci-fi! 3y
kamoorephoto True - memoirs work for me as audiobooks, as they tend to be narrated by the author... 3y
ShyBookOwl Leo 🦁.. fantasy is my favourite genre, but when it comes to audiobooks, lately, I tend to prefer memoirs 3y
sprainedbrain I‘m an Aries, but should apparently be Virgo. 🤔 3y
MotionChickness Taurus ♉️ And I think I‘m ok with Classics 😂 Sci-fi or non-fiction would be nice too, though. 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🐂♉ I'm cool with classics, adventure would be good too. 3y
AlaMich I‘m a Libra too, but romantic poetry is not my jam. I am not a fan of sap. Almost anything on that list would be preferable. (edited) 3y
Suet624 Cancer. I guess they‘re correct about memoirs in audiobooks. Non-fiction and memoirs are really the only ones I enjoy on audio. I space out when listening to fiction. 3y
JoScho I am a Gemini and I almost never read sci-fi 👯 3y
CouronneDhiver I got sci-fi too, but I‘m more into historical fiction @JoScho 3y
britt_brooke Interesting! I‘m a Scorpio and definitely am NOT into romance thrillers, though. Like @Suet624 I listen to mostly nonfiction; same reason. 3y
ashley_o13 I'm a cancer and I never read memoirs, I'm more a Scorpio or Sagittarius but that makes sense to me because I feel like they fit my personality more anyway when I look at horoscopes 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
cornfedwellread Capricorn seems accurate haha. 🐐 3y
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Dvmheather
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Our brains are weird.

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mauveandrosysky
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Pickpick

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I read this one last summer and still think about it all the time. It changed the way I view pretty much everything. A brilliant, fascinating and entertaining book about the nature of knowledge, belief and identity.

jeff This sounds incredible. Thanks for the rec! 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This sounds like it answers a lot of my questions. Thanks! Going to get this one! 6y
mauveandrosysky @jeff @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com no problem! Hope you guys enjoy! 😊 6y
sherrynuts I think I need to read this next. Sounds fascinating. Thanks for posting! 6y
mauveandrosysky @sherrynuts it totally is! So many parts of it blew my mind. Enjoy! 😀 6y
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