How Do You Know It's True?: Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition [NOOK Book]

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Superstition still requires that many buildings have no floor numbered thirteen. More than 25% of Americans say they believe in astrology. Knocking on wood is an almost universal habit. Are these harmless notions - or dangerous delusions? Unfortunately, "fairy-tale thinking" is still the greatest enemy of progress, and education often bypasses the teaching of cognitive skills young readers can use to think independently.

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How Do You Know It's True?: Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition

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Overview

Superstition still requires that many buildings have no floor numbered thirteen. More than 25% of Americans say they believe in astrology. Knocking on wood is an almost universal habit. Are these harmless notions - or dangerous delusions? Unfortunately, "fairy-tale thinking" is still the greatest enemy of progress, and education often bypasses the teaching of cognitive skills young readers can use to think independently.

How Do You Know It's True? will provide young readers with an understanding of the basic nature of science, not just as a body of knowledge, but as a way of thinking. Hy Ruchlis addresses the main theme by contrasting the Cinderella fable with the way scientists establish facts; he describes the scientific method and how it has been applied to increase human knowledge. In subsequent chapters, Ruchlis demonstrates the unobservable nature of superstition, illustrates the dangers of magical thinking using the example of the Salem witch trials, explores the contradictions of such elaborate superstitions as astrology, and shows how astonishing events can be analyzed and explained using rational methods.

". . . should be required reading for all junior high school students. That would go a long way towards helping each new young adult be able to reason his or her way out of the traps that slick promoters of the irrational are always trying to pass off as truth." -The American Rationalist

". . . a clearly written, level-headed, down-to-earth, no-nonsense introduction to the scientific method and scientific thought." -San Diego Tribune

"This short but provocative book urges young readers to think independently." -The Orlando Sentinel

"Far and away the best of the best. Ruchlis patiently leads the reader through an appreciation of science as a way of thinking about the world we live in." -Ardell Wellness Report
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615920495
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

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