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Weaponized lies : how to think critically in the post-truth era / Daniel J. Levitin.

Levitin, Daniel J., (author.).


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. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection.

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  • ISBN: 9780143196297
  • Physical Description: xxii, 294 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Canada, [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Previously published as A field guide to lies."
"Updated and with a new introduction"--Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-283) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Subject: Critical thinking.
Fallacies (Logic)

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Legislative Library, Vaughan Street BC 177 Lev (Text) 36970100046707 General Collection Volume hold Checked out 2024-06-04

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