Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! [NOOK Book]

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Unnatural Acts is for people who want to improve their thinking, become more accurate in their beliefs and more reasonable in their actions, and who are tired of being fooled by others.
This book is about natural and unnatural thinking, and how the way we think affects everything we do. Natural thinking is instinctive, intuitive, quick and dirty. It works pretty well most of the time, but it can get us into trouble. We can deceive ourselves into believing what’s not true or even...
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Overview

Unnatural Acts is for people who want to improve their thinking, become more accurate in their beliefs and more reasonable in their actions, and who are tired of being fooled by others.
This book is about natural and unnatural thinking, and how the way we think affects everything we do. Natural thinking is instinctive, intuitive, quick and dirty. It works pretty well most of the time, but it can get us into trouble. We can deceive ourselves into believing what’s not true or even what goes against our own self-interest, if we’re not careful. And manipulators who understand natural thinking can use that understanding to hoodwink us into believing what isn’t true or doing what they want us to do. You can reduce the chances of being duped by learning how to think in unnatural ways. I hope this book helps you do that.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013984745
  • Publisher: James Randi Educational Foundation
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 402,521
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    ENLIGHTENING AND ENRICHING.

    “If you are willing to be open-minded, accept that reasonable probabilities rather than absolute certainties are the best you can get in many of the things that matter, and hold your most precious beliefs tentatively (always being willing to reconsider your beliefs and the reasons that led you to them), then there is hope that you will overcome some of the hindrances to critical thinking at least some of the time.”—Chapter 9

    In ‘Unnatural Acts’ Robert Carroll offers up many cogent arguments in favor of critical thinking, skepticism and the scientific approach. Although many of his premises are tough to wrap one’s head around; those with which I was able to grapple and grasp were all valuable.

    Recommendation: But for the flagrant flaunting of the author’s anti-Republican biases, ‘Unnatural Acts’ would have been a five-star read for me.

    “If one’s worldview is packed with nonsense and falsehoods, there is little hope that one can think critically about most things.”—Chaper 3

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