A Short Course in Intellectual Self Defense

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Philosophy - 336 pages
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What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is at stake and how to ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of the government and the media. Whether the issue be the call to what we’re told will be a bloodless war, the "debate" around Intelligent Design, or the meaning of a military expenditure, Baillargeon teaches readers to evaluate information and sort fact from official and media spin.
 

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A good little synthesis of data interpretation, from statistics to charts to syllogisms. Word of warning though, at the end, pushes its agenda a bit too far, blabbing about media concentration ... Read full review

Contents

Language
19
Introduction
20
11 Treacherous Words
24
Some Everyday Fallacies
49
MATHEMATICS THOSE WHO REFUSE TO BE CONNED COUNT
87
21 Treating Common Forms of Innumeracy
89
22 Probability and Statistics
110
ON THE JUSTIFICATION OF BELIEF
169
43 A Few Questions for the Critical Reading of Research Results
261
44 The SEARCH Model
263
THE MEDIA
267
Introduction
268
51 Another Kind of Democracy
273
52 The Propaganda Model of Media
277
53 Thirtyone Strategies for Fostering a Critical Approach to the Media
290
Conclusion
307

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
171
31 Perceiving
172
32 Remembering
189
33 Judging
196
EMPIRICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE
223
41 Science and Experimentation
228
42 Science and Epistemology
242
INDEPENDENT MEDIA GUIDE
309
SUGGESTED READINGS
321
NOTES
327
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
333
ABOUT SEVEN STORIES PRESS
335
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NORMAND BAILLARGEON is Professor of Education Fundamentals at the University of Québec in Montreal, where he teaches on the history of pedagogy and the philosophy of education.

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