How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age

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McGraw-Hill Education, Feb 3, 2010 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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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.

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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

About the author (2010)

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.

Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Colossal Book of Mathematics. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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