Previously Published As A Field Guide To LiesWere Surrounded Byfringe Theories, Fake News, And Pseudo Facts These Lies Are Getting Repeated New York Times Bestselling Author Daniel Levitin Shows How To Disarm These Socially Devastating Inventions And Get The American Mind Back On Track Here Are The Fundamental Lessons In Critical Thinking That We Need To Know And Share Now Investigating Numerical Misinformation, Daniel Levitin Shows How Mishandled Statistics And Graphs Can Give A Grossly Distorted Perspective And Lead Us To Terrible Decisions Wordy Arguments On The Other Hand Can Easily Be Persuasive As They Drift Away From The Facts In An Appealing Yet Misguided Way The Steps We Can Take To Better Evaluate News, Advertisements, And Reports Are Clearly Detailed Ultimately, Levitin Turns To What Underlies Our Ability To Determine If Something Is True Or False The Scientific Method He Grapples With The Limits Of What We Can And Cannot Know Case Studies Are Offered To Demonstrate The Applications Of Logical Thinking To Quite Varied Settings, Spanning Courtroom Testimony, Medical Decision Making, Magic, Modern Physics, And Conspiracy Theories.This Urgently Needed Book Enables Us To Avoid The Extremes Of Passive Gullibility And Cynical Rejection As Levitin Attests Truth Matters A Post Truth Era Is An Era Of Willful Irrationality, Reversing All The Great Advances Humankind Has Made Euphemisms Like Fringe Theories, Extreme Views, Alt Truth, And Even Fake News Can Literally Be Dangerous Let S Call Lies What They Are And Catch Those Making Them In The Act.
Daniel J Levitin, Ph.D., is Founding Dean of Arts Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI, a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, andthe James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Music at McGill University, Montreal, where he also holds appointments in the Program in Behavioural Neuroscience, The School of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Education An award winning scientist and teacher, he now adds best selling author to his list of accomplishments as This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs andThe Organized Mind were 1 best sellers His work has been translated into 21 languages Before becoming a neuroscientist, he worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer working with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Blue Oyster Cult He has published extensively in scientific journals as well as music magazines such as Grammy and Billboard Recent musical performances include playing guitar and saxophone with Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, Cris Williamson, Victor Wooten, and Rodney Crowell
- 320 pages
- Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
- Daniel J Levitin
- 12 March 2018 Daniel J Levitin