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The Truth-Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide

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How do you know whether something is true? How do you convince others to believe the facts? Research shows that the human mind is prone to making thinking errors - predictable mistakes that cause us to believe comfortable lies over inconvenient truths. These errors leave us vulnerable to making decisions based on false beliefs, leading to disastrous consequences for our pe ...more
Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published November 22nd 2017 by Intentional Insights
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    Release date: Nov 23, 2017
    How do we figure out whether something is true? How do we convince others to believe the facts? How do we fight fake news and post-truth politics?

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    Niklas Pivic
    I'll say this is a very American book, at its core; the stock images that cover the top of every chapter repelled me, as did the bad formatting of the book. Reading it made me realise two main issues: a) it badly needed editing, mainly due to its style and b) it would benefit from a complete overhaul where it comes to language. Where persons like Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein can navigate the oft-muddled waters where they run the risk of losing a reader completely but somehow manage to stay stead ...more
    Lucy
    Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Basically a self-help guide for people who are unlikely to benefit from it. It encourages you to consider other people’s perspectives, keep an open mind, accept the fact that your beliefs could be mistaken. If you’re willing to read this book then you probably don’t need to read it. If you’re someone who needs to improve, you’re probably too close-minded to pay attention to anything these people say.
    Vikki Stefans
    Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This is a remarkable book. A few of the images in it give away some left-leaning political bias, but the chapters full of general principles and the specific debate tactics used successfully by the author are extraordinarily valuable to anyone with a point of view they want to verify and defend. And there are ample portions devoted to difficulties and imperfections on both sides of the current divide. You do not have to be a statistician or a psychologist to grasp the explanations of probabilist ...more
    Bentley S
    Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This book helped me focus my thoughts and gave me confidence in convincing others. It provide quick actionable suggestions on how to think and express myself clearly and get past bickering to real understanding. I'll have to read it again in a few months to reinforce the tactics.
    Mark B.
    Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent for detailing personality types and specific ways to improve our effectiveness in achieving our life goals. I'm only half way through and already looking forward to utilizing the suggestions in improving my life and achieving my goals. Highly reccommended!
    L
    Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    We all imagine that our beliefs, decisions, and actions are based on a sound foundation. Unfortunately, that rosy opinion of ourselves is often false. Our own brains have a tendency to take convenient shortcuts, such as "gut reactions" and a reliance of "cognitive biases" that lead us astray.

    Shortcuts save time and energy - that's why we use them - but occasionally they create personal or societal disasters. If we could only remember to search for the truth before major decisions, we'd all be b
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    Laszlo Makay
    Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    There are various types of books around: fictions with great characters, comics with beautiful pictures and textbooks of great academic knowledge. Each has its aim and target audience. Gleb Tsipursky’s book is for those who would like to see clearly.

    Do you feel that sometimes you are just lost among the flood of opinionated statements from businessman, religious leaders and politicians? Do you feel disoriented when targeted messages and advertisements are bombarding you from all angles? Do you
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    David
    Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky has written a timely and essential book for all who are fed up with the current post- truth times we live in and are looking for ways to put real, verifiable truth back into public discourse. Using easy to follow scientific methods and data Dr. Tsipursky demonstrates how to make all our interactions more meaningful when we rely on verifiable, fact-based truth rather than emotionally charged rhetoric, ensuring that our beliefs are aligned with reality. He gives examples of how ...more
    Melissa
    Jul 14, 2018 added it
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    This book reads as if the author considers the reader stupid. The biggest example is in the captions for each photo. Picture of people looking at a map and the caption says people looking at a map. I never would of known that without the caption to help.
    Søren Ekelund
    Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    The Truth Seekers Handbook is a collection of articles written and collected by Gleb Tsipursky.

    It introduces the reader to the various biases modern people may suffer from, keeping them from accurately perceiving the truth, as well as the tools to overcome them.

    The methods are based in science and well documented, and the author gives examples of use as well as anecdotes from his own experiences while explaining how they work.

    Gleb also uses real world situations when pointing out the different b
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    Jennifer
    I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program.

    To start, the paperback copy I received is in desperate need of a basic editor for typos and grammatical errors. The number I encountered in the first 10 pages alone left me with a headache. If an author is at the point of going to the printer, for goodness sake, please make sure that the essential editing is done.

    After winning this copy, but before receiving it in the mail, I read several articles by the author in the Scientific Amer
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    Larry
    Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
    Read this on Kindle. I love the concept of this book but the execution was clumsy. The memes were not cleanly executed and looked a bit off. They were less the common definition of memes and more just smart advice on stock photos.

    There were a few typos and formatting errors. Also, Chapter 52 and 53, despite having different titles, have nearly identical text.

    The positives:

    I enjoyed most the chapters that applied EGRIP (Emotions, Goals, Rapport, Information, Positive Reinforcement.) EGRIP is a
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    Gary Monti
    Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    If you are looking to step away from all the confusion with fake news and find a place to stand grounded in facts this book is a "must." It is, IMO, a foundational book that is a great reference for determining where to begin when building a comprehensive, focused approach to assessing one's own approach to facts and opinions as well as examining statements/claims made by others. The breadth of concepts covered is good. The one shortcoming I found is an occasional lack of connectivity or flow in ...more
    Kenneth Whitaker Jr
    Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Truth and how to find it

    This book gives a lot of insight into how our brains work and helps us tell truth from untruth. It was very insightful in how to keep ourselves from falling into the pit of falsehoods that seems to surround us every day. It did seem a bit repetitive from time to time but otherwise a very helpful tool.
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    Recognizing cognitive biases and challenging alternative facts are increasingly important skills that unfortunately are being tested to their limits these days. This is a collection of posts and articles that gets repetitive, but contain good advice.
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    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

    Co-Founder and President, Intentional Insights
    Co-Founder, Pro-Truth Pledge
    Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
    Speaker and Consultant, on Decision-Making, Emotional and Social Intelligence, and Truth and Integrity

    Contact: gleb@intentionalinsights.org


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