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A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age

Author: Daniel J Levitin
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process-especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Levitin, Daniel J.
Field guide to lies.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
(DLC) 2016007356
(OCoLC)934676963
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel J Levitin
ISBN: 9780698409798 0698409795
OCLC Number: 935355423
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 292 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: Thinking, critically --
Part one: Evaluating numbers. Plausibility ; Fun with averages ; Axis shenanigans ; Hijinks with how numbers are reported ; How numbers are collected ; Probabilities --
Part two: Evaluating words. How do we know? ; Identifying expertise ; Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations ; Counterknowledge --
Part three: Evaluating the world. How science works ; Logical fallacies ; Knowing what you don't know ; Bayesian thinking in science and in court ; Four case studies --
Conclusion: Discovering your own --
Appendix: Application of Bayes' Rule. --
Glossary.
Other Titles: Critical thinking in the information age
Responsibility: Daniel J. Levitin.
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A primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process-especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them. It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information' Levitin groups his field guide into two categories-statistical infomation and faulty arguments-ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning-not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. Levitin's charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren't so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks! From the Hardcover edition.

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