Critical thinking skills for dummies
<p><b>Turbocharge your reasoning with <i>Critical Thinking</i></b></p><p>Just what are the ingredients of a great argument? What is the secret to communicating your ideas clearly and persuasively? And how do you see through sloppy thinking and flim-flam? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, then this book is for you!</p><p>These days, strong critical thinking skills provide a vital foundation for academic success, and<i>Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies</i> offers a clear and unintimidating introduction to what can otherwise be a pretty complex topic. Inside, you'll get hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues.</p><p>With this accessible and friendly guide, you'll get plain-English instruction on how to identify other people's assumptions, methodology, and conclusions, evaluate evidence, and interpret texts effectively. You'll also find tips and guidance on reading between the lines, assessing validity – and even advice on when <i>not</i> to apply logic too rigidly!</p><p><i>Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies</i>:</p><ul><li>Provides tools and strategies from a range of disciplines great for developing your reflective thinking skills</li><li>Offers expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis </li><li>Shows precisely how to use concept mapping and brainstorming to generate insights</li><li>Demonstrates how critical thinking skills is a proven path to success as a student</li></ul><p>Whether you're undertaking reviews, planning research projects or just keen to give your brain a workout,<i>Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies</i> equips you with everything you need to succeed.</p>
Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history
Explains how the influences of dreamers, zealots, hucksters, and superstitious groups shaped America's tendency toward a rich fantasy life, citing the roles of individuals from P.T. Barnum to Donald Trump in perpetuating conspiracy theories, self-delusion, and magical thinking.
A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age
Outlines recommendations for critical thinking practices that meet the challenges of the digital age's misinformation, demonstrating the role of science in information literacy while explaining the importance of skeptical reasoning in making decisions based on online information.
How to become a human bullshit detector : learn to spot fake news, fake people, and absolute lies
Lying is a normal part of human communication and is sometimes necessary to protect someone’s feelings. At the same time, there are also malicious lies meant to deceive, cheat, and defraud. Especially in today’s world, in which technology, media, and the government have blurred the lines between fact and fiction, you can’t always rely on what comes out of someone’s mouth or what you see on the internet or television. It doesn’t take mind-reading superpowers to be able to tell when someone is lying—but it does take special skills and a little practice.<br><br>In <i>How to Become a Human Shit Detector</i>, international expert in undercover operations Dr. David Craig provides readers with an easy-to-follow guide on applying lie-detection skills to your everyday life. From the simple skills of bargaining, making a purchase, or dealing with children, to the more serious business of negotiating a contract, identifying infidelity, or understanding lies in politics, Craig delivers simple but effective tips and techniques we can all use to see behind the façade and find our way to the truth.<br><br>The culmination of more than twenty years of practical criminology and hundreds of hours of academic research, this book is the premier guide to the art of lie-detecting. Split into three parts, the book looks at understanding lies and how to detect lies, and it includes an easy reference section that summarizes all the main points. The mystery of what a person is really thinking is finally unlocked in this fascinating and informative book.
The smear : how shady political operatives and fake news control what you see, what you think, and how you vote
The veteran journalist and best-selling author of <i>Stonewalled</i> exposes the practices of opposition research to reveal how political leaders use their influence to shape public opinion, connecting popular misconceptions to strategic smear campaigns that have influenced voters. 50,000 first printing.
Virtual unreality : just because the Internet told you, how do you know it's true?
"The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control--even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a paththrough the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables. Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools--or weapons--for discerning truth from fiction online"--