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Good Thinking

Why Flawed Logic Puts Us All at Risk and How Critical Thinking Can Save the World

By David Robert Grimes

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Published By
The Experiment
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Number Of Pages
400
Publication Date
March 30, 2021
ISBN
9781615197934

Good Thinking

Why Flawed Logic Puts Us All at Risk and How Critical Thinking Can Save the World

By David Robert Grimes

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Good Thinking is our best defense against anti-vaccine paranoia, climate denial, and other dire threats of today

In a world where cries of “fake news” and mistrust of experts often hold sway, we can be misled all too easily. Consider: Wi-Fi is radiation. Some cancers are caused by radiation. Thus, Wi-Fi causes cancer. Sound convincing?

In Good Thinking, David Robert Grimes helps us identify seductive and destructive bad logic. Take the “fallacy of the undistributed middle”: The ancient Greek philosophers are dead. Jimi Hendrix is dead. Thus, Jimi Hendrix was a Greek philosopher. In closing such logical loopholes, Grimes dismantles dangerous conspiracy theories and common misconceptions. (Wi-Fi does not cause cancer, and Hendrix did not jam with Socrates.)

Packed with fascinating characters—from a murderous pope to a superstitious pigeon—Good Thinking can help us fight willful ignorance and plain old irrationality in all its forms.

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“From anti-vaxxers to Dunning-Kruger, from homeopathy and astrology to ‘false balance’ (what I call the BBC Fallacy), from misused statistics to nuclear brinkmanship, our irrationality could be our undoing. A book exposing the irrational ape and teaching us to mend our ways might so easily have become all preachy and teachy. Instead, such is David Robert Grimes’s storytelling skill, his book is an unstoppable page-turner. If our leaders were forced to read this book, the world would be a safer place.”—Richard Dawkins
 
“A beautifully reasoned book about our own unreasonableness.”—Robin Ince
 
“Grimes's book addresses an all-too-urgent contemporary political question: How do we protect our societies and ourselves from charlatans and fools? . . . It brings a fresh perspective, and has been painstakingly researched. This spirited cocktail of data leavened with anecdotes is served up in Grimes’s trademark provocative, combative style . . . a highly creditable debut from a skilled communicator.”—John Gibbons, Irish Times

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Product details

Published By
The Experiment
Categories
Number Of Pages
400
Publication Date
March 30, 2021
ISBN
9781615197934

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