How to think about weird things: critical thinking for a new age

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Mayfield Pub. Co., Oct 31, 1995 - Education - 299 pages
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Teaches readers how to tell good science from bad science. Covers an enormous range of bogus sciences and extraordinary claims. Stresses principles that help you critically evaluate outlandish claims -- and tells you why these principles are so important. Includes: explanations of 34 principles of knowledge, reasoning, and evidence that you can use to enhance your problem solving skills and sharpen your judgment; discussions of over 50 paranormal, supernatural, or mysterious phenomena; details of a step-by-step procedure for evaluating any extraordinary claim; and a detailed discussion of the characteristics, methodology, and limitations of science. Illustrated.

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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 ... Read full review


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Lewis Vaughn is an independent scholar and freelance writer living in Amherst, New York. He is the author of Writing Philosophy: A Student's Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays (2006) and The Power of Critical Thinking (2007, 2nd ed.) and the coauthor of Doing Philosophy: An Introduction Through Thought Experiments (2006, 3rd ed.), The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (2007, 3rd ed.), and How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age (2005, 4th ed.). He is the former editor of Free Inquiry Magazine and the former executive editor and cofounder of Philo.

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