8 Celebrity Self-help Books We Won’t Be Reading

November 1st, 2010 with 1 Comment

Recently, I read that Janet Jackson is coming out with a new self-help book. Wow.  She’ll tell us how she lost all that weight (surgery, probably…I mean, special diet plan). I’m so pumped.  And you know I’ll be pre-ordering it..NOT. Janet Jackson?  Self-help?  Seriously? I think, if anything, Janet needs to read one or two […]

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5 Signs a Self-help Guru is Really a Bullshit Artist

October 14th, 2010 with 14 Comments

There are thousands upon thousands of self-proclaimed gurus who promise to teach you how to solve all your problems (for a price, of course).  We, at DSP, aren’t going to stop you from seeking the answers, but we will help you figure out if the guru you’re seeking answers from is nothing but a bullshit artist. Here […]

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Should You Be Taking Economic Advice from Motivational Speakers?

August 25th, 2010 with 4 Comments

I thought Tony Robbins was a motivational speaker.  But lo and behold I realized that he is now an expert on the economy.  I watched a startling video he made warning of economic disaster up ahead. He says a whole lot of things about it. And he really got me thinking about something really hard: […]

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Michael Shermer on Strange Beliefs

August 10th, 2010 with 1 Comment

Here’s a cool TED talk Michael Shermer did on strange beliefs. It was worth it just to watch the backwards Led Zeppelin and a more “scientific” version of Katie Melua’s 9 Million Bicycles in Beijing.   It cracked me up! And it shows you a good way to deal with nitpicky scientists!

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3 Ways the Media Reports BS as Fact

July 29th, 2010 with 7 Comments

I don’t watch the news much.  Why? Because most of it is crap.  Half the time they don’t know what they’re talking about.  And since news is more and more about market share, reporting has turned into info-tainment.  Hence, a guy like Glenn Beck can get higher ratings than news programs and people think Jon […]

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Video: Baloney Detection Kit

May 18th, 2010 with 1 Comment

Here’s a great video from Michael Shermer and Richard Dawkins on how to spot baloney. Watch and enjoy and be sure to load up on other fun poop-detecting articles: http://dontstepinthepoop.com/category/poop-detection

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Why Most “Critique” Sites Suck

March 30th, 2010 with 1 Comment

I just got back from the TESOL convention in Boston.  Nice trip.  Even better, I got to see some “Don’t step in the Poop” fans while I was there.  It’s nice to see your readers in person for a change. In case you don’t know, TESOL is the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other […]

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How to Spot a BS Self-help Guru

March 10th, 2010 with 10 Comments

I think self-help is fueled by a person’s desire for guidance and comfort.  Unfortunately, these desires make self-help a breeding ground for charlatans and people who exploit these desires for their own personal gain. This is a shame.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is really there to help you and who is there to […]

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Self-help Books I Wouldn’t Wish on my Worst Enemies

March 5th, 2010 with 14 Comments

A self-help or personal development book should be as advertised: a way to actually help yourself or develop in some area. But some books present ideas that can actually cause you to regress instead of progress.  Or they are so insulting to one’s intelligence that they take you for a fool.  In one post, I […]

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How Inspirational Stories Lie

February 10th, 2010 with 1 Comment

So, now that I’ve established that inspirational stories can be used for evil, let me tell you an  inspirational story. This is a true story because it happend to me. Eight years ago I stopped smoking.  My wife at the time had just gotten pregnant and I was determined to be healthy not only for […]

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