The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and what you can do about them

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and what you can do about them

by Robert Carroll
     
 

'Know Thyself' advised the ancient Greek sages at a time when philosophers defined us as rational animals. Rationality was thought of as an ideal largely achievable by controlling the emotions and avoiding logical fallacies. Today, we know better. Biology and neuroscience have exposed the brain as a great deceiver. Unconscious biases drive us to believe and do things…  See more details below

Overview

'Know Thyself' advised the ancient Greek sages at a time when philosophers defined us as rational animals. Rationality was thought of as an ideal largely achievable by controlling the emotions and avoiding logical fallacies. Today, we know better. Biology and neuroscience have exposed the brain as a great deceiver. Unconscious biases drive us to believe and do things that the conscious mind explains in self-serving stories, making us appear more rational to ourselves than we really are. Modern science has taught us that rationality involves much more than just controlling the emotions and avoiding fallacies. Today's rational animal--what we call the critical thinker--must understand the unconscious biases that are directing many of our most important judgments and decisions. The Critical Thinker's Dictionary explores the insights of ancient and modern philosophers along with the latest findings in such fields as neuroscience and behavioral economics to lay out the many obstacles and snares that await anyone committed to a rational life. The Critical Thinker's Dictionary isn't a collection of dry definitions, but a colorful, three-dimensional portrait of the major obstacles to critical thinking and what we can do to overcome them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148995500
Publisher:
Robert Carroll
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Todd Carroll taught philosophy at Sacramento City College from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. He created The Skeptic's Dictionary website (www.skepdic.com) in 1994. In 2003, a book based on the website was published by John Wiley & Sons. His textbook "Becoming a Critical Thinker" was published by Pearson in 2000. A second edition was published in 2005. "Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed!," an introduction to critical thinking aimed at a general audience, was published in 2011. The Critical Thinker's Dictionary grew out of a year-long blog Carroll maintained to explore various cognitive biases and illusions and logical fallacies. Carroll has also published a book aimed at younger readers: "Mysteries and Science: Exploring Aliens, Ghosts, Monsters, the End of the World and Other Weird Things."

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