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How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age

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This brief, affordable text helps students to think critically, using examples from the weird claims and beliefs that abound in our culture to ... Show synopsis

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dougw

Excellent Reference for Critical Thinking

by dougw on Sep 3, 2009

"Weird Things" are the unexplained or strange phenomena that we all experience during our lifetimes, or at least have heard about. ESP, UFOs are but some of them. This book explores the common misconceptions of the scientific method and logic very clearly, with examples, and gives the reader tips on "how to think". Many "Aha!" moments await the careful reader. In this age of the internet, there is much confusion and misinformation about science. Many promoters of alternative theories complain of Big Science being a conspiracy of venal scientists who are more interested in maintaining the status quo than new ideas. These promoters often use scientific-sounding jargon, cherry-picked facts, while referring to themselves as persecuted lone geniuses, who, like Galileo, will eventually be exhonorated. Others are just scammers trying to make a quick buck. Get this book, whatever it costs, read it and learn how to think logically and with precision. Don't ever fall into traps of fallacious reasoning again or be scammed. Learn why not all theories are the same - what criteria makes a theory good or bad. Why a theory that is predictive and useful, becomes even better when is has "scope" and "fruitfulness". Find out what the "scientific method" really means. The quotations scattered throughout the book are worth the price alone. This is a book, that once read, will be taken out again and again for reference.

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