When good thinking goes bad : how your brain can have a mind of its own / Todd C. Riniolo.

Author
Riniolo, Todd C. [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2008.
Description
236 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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Subject(s)
Critical thinking [Browse]
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-229) and index.
Contents
Some hallmarks of critically evaluating claims -- Critical thinking in everyday life : what's your evidence? -- Experts : benefits and limitations -- Research methods : the double-blind procedure, the placebo effect, and the law of parsimony -- Why strange coincidences are normal, and why the critical thinker is wary of second hand sources -- The evolution of inconsistent critical thinking -- The pros and cons of our evolutionary heritage -- Humans : the great pattern-seekers -- The interconnectedness of our pattern-seeking heritage with a biased cognitive system -- The role of emotions in belief maintenance -- Case examples : an ordinary critical thinker and a brilliant mind -- Examples of inconsistent critical thinking : the influence of our beliefs -- Global warming and psychic claims : a comparison -- Politics and inconsistent critical thinking -- Multicultural claims: are skeptics sexist and racist? -- Economists and skeptics : birds of a feather? -- Does Santa Claus undermine critical thinking? no, no, no -- Conclusion.
ISBN
  • 9781591025863
  • 1591025869
LCCN
2007038425
OCLC
173243839
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