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Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  14 reviews
At a time when average citizens are bombarded with false information every day, this entertaining book will prove to be not only a great read but also an indispensable resource. Birthers. Truthers. Moon hoaxers. Antivaxxers. Holocaust deniers. Young Earth creationists. These are just a few of the purveyors of misinformation who thrive on the Internet. Never in history has ...more
Paperback, 1st, 276 pages
Published 2012 by Prometheus Books
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Kendra
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Misinformation takes many forms--conspiracy theories, rumors, quotations, hoaxes, pseudoscience, pseudohistory, and pseudolaw are all covered in this helpful text. Collins spells out the importance of authoritative sources with real-life examples of people chasing anomalies and denying credible evidence. Tools for spotting denialism, such as recognizing when a denialist is cherry picking or ignoring evidence or when fake experts are used to justify a claim are provided. After a thorough examinat ...more
Kate Woods Walker
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Seventy-five percent of this book is useful, readable, reasonable and well-presented. Libertarian attorney and Birther debunker Loren Collins is especially good in the chapters on pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudolaw. In fact, he presented much that was new and fascinating to this mostly-mainstream thinker.

It was the remaining 25%,however...

Collins, whose blog "Barackryphal" is apparently the bane of Birthers and other far-right zealots, nevertheless commits some of the sins he condemns in
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Cleokatra
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction, science
Interesting book about spotting misinformation and conspiracy theories. This was a library book and, for me, the highlight of this book was that a previous borrower had scribbled over parts of the text that they disagreed with and written some really bizarre comments in the margins.
Scott Lupo
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I would actually give this 3.5 stars if I could. The author Loren Collins attempts and mostly succeeds at fleshing out the difference between real facts and pseudofacts and how anybody, with some practice, can do the same. This book really gets at the heart of what I consider a sickness in our society: being proud to be uneducated and closed minded to evidence and facts. Collins touches on the biggest illustrations of bull including birthers, moon hoaxers, antivaxxers, holocaust deniers, young E ...more
Margaret Sankey
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
In the wake of a recent wave of secessionists, anti-vaccine proponents, birthers, holocaust deniers, alternate medicine champions, Facebook privacy hoaxes and History Channel idiocy, I've been looking for a user-friendly handbook on critical thinking. This is a pretty good one. The author is a long-time newspaper writer who uses examples from across the political spectrum and begins with a personal introduction recounting how his foray into critical thinking and research turned his southern Conf ...more
Alan J.
Apr 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Loren "the Moron" Collins is a liberal fascist. It is one thing to debunk someone's cockamamie theory about Holocaust revisionism, moon landing etc. but it is another to try to get someone locked up for saying Obama's father was a Black CPUSA member and mother was a whore. I mean half the kids at my High School in Brooklyn would be locked up for saying "Your mother's a whore." This is what Collins tried to do to Joel Gilbert. He filed a complaint with the FEC attempting to force Gilbert to divul ...more
Chuck
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a book that every conspiracy theorist should read, though they'd probably say that the production of the book was just part of the conspiracy. Collins takes apart Young Earth creationists, Birthers, Truthers, Holocaust deniers and the like by showing the methods they use to get around their lack of evidence. There's nothing really groundbreaking here, but it's nice to have it all in one place, laid out clearly. Not previously being familiar with pseudo law, I was especially interested in ...more
Steve Goble
Not a bad book, although it seems repetitive at times and occasionally lacks detail. Much of its contents will be familiar to most people who pay attention to things. The book will not be popular amount young Earth creationists, 9/11 truthers, Birthers, moon landing hoaxers and anti-vaxers.
Armand
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Boring.
Darla Stokes
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A how-to manual for telling the difference between having an open mind and having it so open that your brains fall out. :)
Perrian
so informative- many aspects of incidents/theories I have never contemplated
MickthePaddy
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
should be required reading in 9th grade. no joke.
Eric
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Worth a read, but doesn't add anything more than common-sense approaches to analyzing misinformation.
Justin
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: skimmed
Skimmed it. Know some email forwarders who could benefit from it.
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