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Calling bullshit: the art of skepticism in a data-driven world
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New York : Random House, ©2020.
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First edition.
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xvi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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5 copies, 1 person is on the wait list.
Description
Bullshit isn't what it used to be. Now, two science professors give us the tools to dismantle misinformation and think clearly in a world of fake news and bad data. Misinformation, disinformation, and fake news abound and it's increasingly difficult to know what's true. Our media environment has become hyperpartisan. Science is conducted by press release. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. We are fairly well equipped to spot the sort of old-school bullshit that is based in fancy rhetoric and weasel words, but most of us don't feel qualified to challenge the avalanche of new-school bullshit presented in the language of math, science, or statistics. In Calling Bullshit, Professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West give us a set of powerful tools to cut through the most intimidating data. You don't need a lot of technical expertise to call out problems with data. Are the numbers or results too good or too dramatic to be true? Is the claim comparing like with like? Is it confirming your personal bias? Drawing on a deep well of expertise in statistics and computational biology, Bergstrom and West exuberantly unpack examples of selection bias and muddled data visualization, distinguish between correlation and causation, and examine the susceptibility of science to modern bullshit. We have always needed people who call bullshit when necessary, whether within a circle of friends, a community of scholars, or the citizenry of a nation. Now that bullshit has evolved, we need to relearn the art of skepticism.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-307) and index.
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"The world is awash in bullshit, and we're drowning in it. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. These days, calling bullshit is a noble act. Based on Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West's popular course at the University of Washington, Calling Bullshit is a modern handbook to the art of skepticism. Bergstrom, a computational biologist, and West, an information scientist, catalogue bullshit in its many forms, explaining andoffering readers the tools to see through the obfuscations, deliberate and careless, that dominate every realm of our lives. They instruct readers to ask: Who is saying it? How do they know? What do they have to gain by persuading me? Are the numbers or results too good or too dramatic to be true? Is the claim comparing like with like or apples and oranges? Is it confirming your personal bias? In this lively guide to everything from misleading statistics to "fake news," Bergstrom and West help you recognize bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it--in data, in conversation, even within yourself--and explain it to your crystal-loving aunt or casually racist uncle. Now more than ever, calling bullshit is crucial to a properly functioning community, whether it be a circle of friends, a network of academics, or the citizenry of a nation"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Bergstrom, C. T., & West, J. D. 1. (2020). Calling bullshit: the art of skepticism in a data-driven world. First edition. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Bergstrom, Carl T. and Jevin D. 1977- West. 2020. Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-driven World. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Bergstrom, Carl T. and Jevin D. 1977- West, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-driven World. New York: Random House, 2020.

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Bergstrom, Carl T.,, and Jevin D. 1977- West. Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-driven World. First edition. New York: Random House, 2020. Print.

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