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How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age Paperback – 31 Oct 1995


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  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S. (31 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559342544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559342544
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A section on logic in Chapter 6 explains the nature and function of both deductive and inductive reasoning, and is followed by a case study and exercises for analysis.
A new section focuses on communicating with the dead and cold reading.
Treatment of evolution and creationism has been updated (see Chapter 4), and coverage of intelligent design theory has been expanded.
Many additional exercises, discussion questions, and 'field problems' have been added.
A revised chapter on cognitive relativism covers subjectivism, social constructivism, and conceptual relativism.
The text utilizes a detailed, step-by-step procedure-the SEARCH formula-for evaluating extraordinary claims.
Explanations of vital principles of knowledge, reasoning, and evidence help students sharpen their judgment and problem-solving skills.
Numerous boxes are integrated throughout the text, offering details on various beliefs, assessments by believers and skeptics, and reports of relevant scientific research.
Study questions appear at the end of each chapter.
An appendix contains additional information on informal fallacies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By arronax on 4 Oct. 2009
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I was recommended this book buy someone who was helping me improve my academic writing skills.
I have, in the past, taken compulsory classes on critical thinking without ever getting much out of them. But critical thinking is an essential skill for anyone looking to be successful in business, science, academia - the list goes on.

The difference with this book is that a find it more accessible and instead of just bashing the "weird things" it truly objectively looks at them whilst introducing you to key concepts and terminology.
The book points out the weakness of both people who propose and try to refute certain claims, this is a huge strength.

In short if you want to improve your reasoning/logic/critical thinking abilities, especially if you have had trouble with formalised teaching of this subject this book is very likely to help.
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By Barrie Davis on 16 Jun. 2014
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This book was a considerable disappointment, especially after all the trouble I had getting a copy. It just didn't apply a high enough level of intellectual rigour, in that its OWN arguments were vulnerable to the SAME "critical thinking" the authors were meting out to the oddball ideas they were there to refute. This despite its writers strutting around within the text as if they were the brightest people we were ever likely to encounter. (Huh! Get over yourselves!)
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This book does require work to get the best from it. But it is worth it the effort.
Small size means it is succinct but with just enough real world examples to make it comprehensible.
It has changed my view on a number of issues.
If you like you books to get to the point then this is the one.
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