Published: 4 March 2010
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
Do They Think You're Stupid?
100 Ways Of Spotting Spin And Nonsense From The Media, Celebrities And Politicians
This companion volume to The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten provides another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy. This time the focus is on the bad argumentative moves people use all the time, in politics, the media and everyday life. Each entry takes as its starting point an example of questionable reasoning from the media or literature, and, as with The Pig ..., the reader is given plenty to chew on and work through for themselves.
‘A curiosity cabinet of spurious reasoning and spin ... Every society needs its guardian of good sense: Baggini is ours’
‘By far the most useful book to have beside you when assessing all the arguments and assertions made during an election’ David Aaronovitch
‘For anyone who has ever wanted to be a pass master at winning over-the-pub-table arguments and dazzling friends with their laser-guided logic, philosopher Julian Baggini's latest book is an indispensable read ... A book to treasure for Baggini's never-miss lucidity’
‘Taken together, the techniques outlined in his 100 short chapters provide a perfect defence against quackery, superstition, distortion, dissimulation and nonsense of all kinds’