How to Think About Weird Things

How to Think About Weird Things This Brief, Affordable Text Helps Students To Think Critically, Using Examples From The Weird Claims And Beliefs That Abound In Our Culture To Demonstrate The Sound Evaluation Of Any Claim It Explains Step By Step How To Sort Through Reasons, Evaluate Evidence, And Tell When A Claim No Matter How Strange Is Likely To Be True The Emphasis Is Neither On Debunking Nor On Advocating Specific Assertions, But On Explaining Principles Of Critical Thinking That Enable Readers To Evaluate Claims For Themselves The Authors Focus On Types Of Logical Arguments And Proofs, Making How To Think About Weird Things A Versatile Supplement For Logic, Critical Thinking, Philosophy Of Science, Or Any Other Science Appreciation Courses. I ve often wondered how my life might have been different if I had been given a good course in critical thinking skills in high school or college Had I been so fortunate, this book would have been the best text I could imagine for such a course A lot of the information covered here was familiar to me from other reading I ve done in the last few years, but this book is by far the most comprehensive collection of all of the things one needs to know to effectively evaluate the ideas we are expose I ve often wondered how my life might have been different if I had been given a good course in critical thinking skills in high school or college Had I been so fortunate, this book would have been the best text I could imagine for such a course A lot of the information covered here was familiar to me from other reading I ve done in the last few years, but this book is by far the most comprehensive collection of all of the things one needs to know to effectively evaluate the ideas we are exposed to about the world around us and how it works It covers everything from the basics of possibility and logic, what makes an argument good or bad, different ways of knowing and
I m still fuming a little over this book, though I think that has a lot to do with where I am in my relationship with science and critical thinking it can be very hard to read texts that say things that you have only just recently abandoned in yourself That being said, I believe that there are things that are very weird to think about, that can distort our sense of where the boundaries of reality are, things that seem irreconcilable with other things we believe, great internal and external par I m still fuming a little over this book, though I think that has a lot to do with where I am in my relationship with science and critical thinking it can be very hard to read texts that say things that you have only just recently abandoned in yourself That being said, I believe that there are things that are very weird to think about, that can distort our sense of where the boundaries of reality are, things that seem irreconcilable with other things we believe, great internal and external paradoxes I think that letting yourself embrace a paradox, letting yourself kind of believe two things at once, is a worthwhile experience This doesn t even necessarily mean that you have to reject reason, or think that magic exists, or anything, but even admitting to yourself that it might, or understanding how a rational vocabulary is not a
Fantastic book, read this as part of a university paper at the University of Canterbury The class itself completely changed how I think about all things in life in fact was the most life changing moment I think in my life so far and I m sure this w
How to Think About Weird Things was recommended as a primer on diagnosing Woo by Orac over at Scienceblogs As someone who finds himselfandirritated by irrational thinking despite my own gaping biases that lead to it , I was really interested in reading this book Thus, I read a text book for fun Sigh, I think there s a new level of nerdiness there.Schick and Vaughn lay out a number of key arguments for how and why one should wield the tools of critical thinking to understand the e How to Think About Weird Things was recommended as a primer on diagnosing Woo by Orac over at Scienceblogs As someone who finds himselfandirritated by irrational thinking despite my own gaping biases that lead to it , I was really interested in rea
How to Think about Weird Things Critical Thinking for a New Age Theodore Schick, Lewis VaughnHow to Think about Weird Things Critical Thinking for a New Age Theodore Schick, Lewis VaughnUFO1 .2 3 Excellent I wish every high school student in America would read this book but that would make life a lot harder for legions of politicians, hucksters, and scam artists I believe the single biggest failing of American education today is its focus on memorization and regurgitation, along with just enough basic arithmetic to work at WalMart, and its total neglect of critical thinking skills.If you have children or grandchildren in their teens or twenties, give them this book Research has show Excellent I wish every high school student in America would read this book but that would make life a lot harder for legions of politicians, hucksters, an
I used this as a textbook when I taught critical reasoning It s about as entertaining a book on the subject as one could find, and includes a lot of epistemology, informal logic, and philosophy of science And who wouldn t want to be a
Definitely something I d recommend for a course on critical thinking using multiple sources, or even a textbook course of study solely by itself Three thumbs up. My wife read the previous edition in a philosophy course in college, and drew a lot from it A couple years later, as I have been looking to develop my ability to influence and convince, and to improve mental acuity, I returned to this book in the new edition.Where this text shines is in its scope and clarity It talks the reader through logic, argument, knowledge, truth, and reality Each section is explained thoroughly to the point of complete understanding
. This book literally teaches you how to think about weird things It goes step by step through applied critical thinking to help you rebuff every new age, esoteric, psychical or alien phenomena you can think of Not your idea of fun It doesn t mean you still can t believe in some of these things, it just gives you ascientific framework for thinking about them It explains seemingly mysterious phenomena like spontaneous human combustion, divining