We all do it now and then to a certain degree, anyway -- believe things that are demonstrably untrue.
Now there's a book to help us stop doing that: Believing Bullshit by Stephen Law.
The entire book is a delight to read, filled with wit and wisdom on every page. But the part that I liked the best was saved for last: The Tapescrew Letters, a hilarious response to C.S. Lewis' silly set of sanctimonious letters with a similar name (The Screwtape Letters).
There are eight chapters that deal with the most common ways that we deceive ourselves.
- Playing the Mystery Card
- "But It Fits!" and The Blunderbuss
- Going Nuclear
- Moving the Semantic Goalposts
- "I Just Know!"
- Piling Up the Anecdotes
- Pressing Your Buttons
This is a book that everyone should read. It's time for us all to stop believing bullshit.