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Garrick Alder is a journalist and freelance writer. He has contributed to Private Eye and Lobster magazine and is a researcher on the BBC's hugely popular QI. He lives in Bedford.
Exploding Conventional Wisdom
‘Fascinating, funny and disturbing. If this
doesn't rattle the bars of your intellectual cage, nothing will’ Lobster
‘Scary - you may well shred your donor card after reading this book - but it is always informative … if you don’t learn something useful from it, you must work at the highest level of government or for the secret services’ Morning Star
Most of us think we pretty much know how the world works … Most of us don’t.
In Mind Bombs, journalist and contributor to BBC’s hugely popular QI series Garrick Alder, discusses the WOMDs of the information age – the comfortable myths and shared presumptions that surround us daily but that we never even think about challenging.
The weapons on offer here are made of information: the naive and the pedantic, the bizarre and the grotesque, the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile. None of them is 'forbidden'. All of the information is quite openly available if only you know where to look. And, if you're reading this book, chances are you don't.
Ask yourself: in the so-called 'Information Age', how many times have we been conned by those in authority, and how many times have we got them back?