How Do You Know It's True?: Sifting Sense from Nonsense

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How Do You Know It's True? is an articulate introduction to the art of logical thinking. Stressing at all times the value of a questioning mind, Marymae and David Klein cannily use statistical subjects that are of interest to young people, such as the accident rates of teenage drivers. Evenhanded in its treatment of issues, How Do You Know It's True? is outstanding in its clarity, sometimes surprising in its conclusions, and fascinating. From The Horn Book
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Overview

How Do You Know It's True? is an articulate introduction to the art of logical thinking. Stressing at all times the value of a questioning mind, Marymae and David Klein cannily use statistical subjects that are of interest to young people, such as the accident rates of teenage drivers. Evenhanded in its treatment of issues, How Do You Know It's True? is outstanding in its clarity, sometimes surprising in its conclusions, and fascinating. From The Horn Book
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Certainly an eye-opening and thought-provoking introduction to how to use one's power of reason in discriminating sense from nonsense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595005819
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What--and Whom--Can You Really Believe? 1
2 How We Know What We Know--and Why We're So Often Wrong 12
3 Santa Claus and Other Problems 28
4 Words, Pictures, and Experts: the Media 42
5 Falsehoods--Innocent and Otherwise 60
6 Statistics Prove ... (or) Is There Safety in Numbers? 79
7 Can Statistics Protect You from Man-eating Tigers? 106
8 What Are My Chances? 119
9 Three out of Four Dentists... 137
10 Can We Ever Be Sure? 155
Index 165
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