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The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and What You Can Do About Them Kindle Edition

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  • Print Length: 349 pages
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  • Language: English
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An extremely informative and useful ebook by Rob Carroll of the 'Skeptic's Dictionary'.

My only criticism is cosmetic - the cover is really grim. If it's not home-made, it certainly looks it. The book deserves better.

Don't underestimate the importance of a good cover. It needn't be expensive ([...] has some good tips on the subject).
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A collection of weekly blog posts fleshing out the main kinds of thinking errors we are all guilty of.

Clear definitions, examples and source lists for further research or to allow your view to be challenged and defended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Please read this book! 31 Jan. 2014
By Reed Maxson - Published on
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One might not consider reading a dictionary for entertainment, but this book is both informative, entertaining and perhaps somewhat frightening. For example, a trial by jury appears to be a fair manner in which to determine guilt or innocence, but how many jurors are aware of the many biases of their fellow jurors, as well as their own?

Having studied logic in the late 1960s, I was aware of many of the fallacies listed in this book, but certainly not all of them. This book was a pleasant “refresher course” for me. The chapter on the “backfire effect” is especially interesting to me, having recently read WHEN PROPHECY FAILS, as well as having discussions with an acquaintance who claims to be psychic. It seems that no evidence is strong enough to cause some folks to reconsider their beliefs, that, in fact, contrary evidence only strengthens those chosen beliefs.

The recent presidential campaign was rampant with faulty arguments and accusations, many of them apparently accepted at face value, without any degree of critical thinking.

Although not directly stated, Carol's book is a refreshing reminder that “common sense” should be reexamined, that perhaps we would be better citizens through recognizing fallacies and developing critical thinking, that we might even make better investment decisions, etc. Hopefully, this book might remedy some of the fallacies which abound in this Internet age; the mindless circulation of urban legends, pseudoscience, and the like. Thank you Robert Carroll!
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A wonderful book! 12 Jan. 2014
By Lawrie Cherniack - Published on
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This book simply and effectively shows how we can't trust our judgements without some measure of objectivity. Its arrangement is straightforward. It creates almost instant humility. It also provides clear directions for sorting out good from bad arguments.
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Required reading 17 Dec. 2013
By Mario Preciado - Published on
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As a lawyer and as a person interested in critical thinking, this book is a keeper. It has even made me realize how wrong I have been in some aspects of my reasoning. I'ts fascinating. I recommend it 100 %
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Politically Biased 8 Sept. 2014
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Although there is much useful information in this book about critical thinking, the politically biased examples throughout this book were an extreme turnoff. The author is obviously a liberal democrat, and infused his political beliefs throughout the examples. This would have been a much better book if it had been politically neutral with examples that were less biased.
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Required reading for the novice critical thinker. 28 Dec. 2013
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The world would be a safer place if everyone understood all of the terms in this wonderful précis to critical thinking.
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