Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West's new book, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, was released this week. C. Brandon Ogbunu, computational biologist and assistant professor at Yale University, reviews the book in this Wired article.
Calling Bullshit achieves what most ominous science books rarely even attempt: It leaves the reader with practical tools. For Bergstrom and West, teaching us about the origin, scope, and consequences of bullshit isn’t enough. They equip the reader with an updated, Bluetooth-enabled “Carlin algorithm” for more than the annoying people we encounter. Calling Bullshit is a straight-talking survival guide to the mean streets of a dying democracy and a global pandemic, and it emboldens you to actually do something about it.