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The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and What You Can Do About Them
 
 

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and What You Can Do About Them [Kindle Edition]

Robert Carroll

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'Know Thyself' advised the ancient Greek sages at a time when philosophers defined us as rational animals. Rationality was thought of as an ideal largely achievable by controlling the emotions and avoiding logical fallacies. Today, we know better. Biology and neuroscience have exposed the brain as a great deceiver. Unconscious biases drive us to believe and do things that the conscious mind explains in self-serving stories, making us appear more rational to ourselves than we really are. Modern science has taught us that rationality involves much more than just controlling the emotions and avoiding fallacies. Today’s rational animal—what we call the critical thinker—must understand the unconscious biases that are directing many of our most important judgments and decisions. The Critical Thinker’s Dictionary explores the insights of ancient and modern philosophers along with the latest findings in such fields as neuroscience and behavioral economics to lay out the many obstacles and snares that await anyone committed to a rational life. The Critical Thinker’s Dictionary isn’t a collection of dry definitions, but a colorful, three-dimensional portrait of the major obstacles to critical thinking and what we can do to overcome them.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required reading 17. Dezember 2013
Von Mario Preciado - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a lawyer and as a person interested in critical thinking, this book is a keeper. It has even made me realize how wrong I have been in some aspects of my reasoning. I'ts fascinating. I recommend it 100 %
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful book! 12. Januar 2014
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This book simply and effectively shows how we can't trust our judgements without some measure of objectivity. Its arrangement is straightforward. It creates almost instant humility. It also provides clear directions for sorting out good from bad arguments.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required reading for the novice critical thinker. 28. Dezember 2013
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The world would be a safer place if everyone understood all of the terms in this wonderful précis to critical thinking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Please read this book! 31. Januar 2014
Von Reed Maxson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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One might not consider reading a dictionary for entertainment, but this book is both informative, entertaining and perhaps somewhat frightening. For example, a trial by jury appears to be a fair manner in which to determine guilt or innocence, but how many jurors are aware of the many biases of their fellow jurors, as well as their own?

Having studied logic in the late 1960s, I was aware of many of the fallacies listed in this book, but certainly not all of them. This book was a pleasant “refresher course” for me. The chapter on the “backfire effect” is especially interesting to me, having recently read WHEN PROPHECY FAILS, as well as having discussions with an acquaintance who claims to be psychic. It seems that no evidence is strong enough to cause some folks to reconsider their beliefs, that, in fact, contrary evidence only strengthens those chosen beliefs.

The recent presidential campaign was rampant with faulty arguments and accusations, many of them apparently accepted at face value, without any degree of critical thinking.

Although not directly stated, Carol's book is a refreshing reminder that “common sense” should be reexamined, that perhaps we would be better citizens through recognizing fallacies and developing critical thinking, that we might even make better investment decisions, etc. Hopefully, this book might remedy some of the fallacies which abound in this Internet age; the mindless circulation of urban legends, pseudoscience, and the like. Thank you Robert Carroll!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Solid book for investigating the problems in our day to day thinking. 13. April 2014
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This is an excellent guide on how errors creep up in our thought processes and how to possibly avoid them. It is packed full of real world examples and Robert Carroll does an excellent job at pointing out why the problems are illogical and should be avoided. Highly recommended.
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