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The Resource A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age, Daniel J. Levitin

A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age, Daniel J. Levitin

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A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age
Title
A field guide to lies
Title remainder
critical thinking in the information age
Statement of responsibility
Daniel J. Levitin
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. 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 information 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Levitin, Daniel J
Dewey number
153.4/2
Index
index present
LC call number
BC177
LC item number
.L486 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Critical thinking
  • Fallacies (Logic)
  • Reasoning
  • Critical thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Critical thinking
  • Fallacies (Logic)
  • Reasoning
  • Argumentation
  • Kritisches Denken
Label
A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age, Daniel J. Levitin
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-282) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Thinking, critically -- Plausibility -- Fun with averages -- Axis shenanigans -- Hijinks with how numbers are reported -- How numbers are collected -- Probabilities -- How do we know? -- Identifying expertise -- Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations -- Counterknowledge -- 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's Rule
Control code
ocn934676963
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 292 pages
Isbn
9781101985588
Lccn
2016007356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o934676963
  • (OCoLC)934676963
Label
A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age, Daniel J. Levitin
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Thinking, critically -- Plausibility -- Fun with averages -- Axis shenanigans -- Hijinks with how numbers are reported -- How numbers are collected -- Probabilities -- How do we know? -- Identifying expertise -- Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations -- Counterknowledge -- 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's Rule
Control code
ocn934676963
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 292 pages
Isbn
9781101985588
Lccn
2016007356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o934676963
  • (OCoLC)934676963

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