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

By: Levitin, Daniel J [author.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]Copyright date: �2016Description: xxii, 294 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cmContent type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781101983829; 1101983825Subject(s): Critical thinking | Fallacies (Logic) | ReasoningDDC classification: 153.42 LOC classification: BC177 | .L486 2016b
Contents:
Introduction: Thinking critically -- Evaluating numbers -- Plausibility -- Fun with averages -- Axis shenanigans -- Hijinks with how numbers are reported -- How numbers are collected -- Probabilities -- Evaluating words -- How do we know? -- Identifying expertise -- Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations -- Counterknowledge -- Evaluating the world -- 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 -- Glossary.
Summary: "It's raining bad data, half-truths, and fake news out there - and some of this nonsense is having devastation consequences. Daniel J. Levitin shows how corporate and government reports, statistics, and news stories can mislead, and reveals the way lying weasels use them. What makes lies dangerous is the certainty with which people are prone to believe them. Here is how to fix that."--Page [4] of cover.
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Previously published in hardcover by Dutton as "A field guide to lies" in 2016.

"Updated and with a new introduction"--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-283) and index.

Introduction: Thinking critically -- Evaluating numbers -- Plausibility -- Fun with averages -- Axis shenanigans -- Hijinks with how numbers are reported -- How numbers are collected -- Probabilities -- Evaluating words -- How do we know? -- Identifying expertise -- Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations -- Counterknowledge -- Evaluating the world -- 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 -- Glossary.

"It's raining bad data, half-truths, and fake news out there - and some of this nonsense is having devastation consequences. Daniel J. Levitin shows how corporate and government reports, statistics, and news stories can mislead, and reveals the way lying weasels use them. What makes lies dangerous is the certainty with which people are prone to believe them. Here is how to fix that."--Page [4] of cover.

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