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How to think about weird things : critical…

How to think about weird things : critical thinking for a new age (1995)

by Theodore Schick jr., Lewis Vaughn

Other authors: Martin Gardner (Foreword)

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A good reference for teachers or others worrying about the amount of magical thinking in our world. The author writes readably, and has some very interesting insights. The book is fairly loaded with great epigrams about critical thinking, and the chapters are well organized. There are some unfortunate problems: I nearly aborted early when the author totally blows the differentiation between inductive and deductive; such an important topic in logic and critical thinking should be handled with much more care. A truly good editor could have caught this, and prevented a major blunder. If you can get past that chapter, you will be rewarded for your patience. ( )
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This book is for you who have stared into the night sky or the dark recesses of a room, hairs raised on the back of your neck, eyes wide, faced with an experience you couldn't explain but about which you have never stopped wondering, "Was it real?"
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This brief, inexpensive text helps students think critically, using examples from the weird claims and beliefs that abound in our culture to demonstrate the sound evaluation of any claim. 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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The course is called Critical Thinking and is found in the Philosophy and/or English departments. This text serves well as a supplemental text in critical thinking, logic, introduction to philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, introduction to psychology, anomalistic psychology, perception and cognition, as well as any introductory science course. It has been used in all of the courses mentioned above as well as introductory biology, introductory physics, and introductory chemistry courses. It could also serve as a main text for courses in evaluation of the paranormal, philosophical implications of the paranormal, occult beliefs, and pseudoscience.

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