A Thinker's Book of Dangerous Knowledge: A Humorous and Practical Guide to Critical Thinking

A Thinker's Book of Dangerous Knowledge: A Humorous and Practical Guide to Critical Thinking

by Peter Rogers

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Overview

A fun introduction to using a brain. A Thinker’s Book of Dangerous Knowledge takes a straightforward yet humorous approach to that most dangerous activity known to humankind: thinking. This book is humorous, thought-provoking, and paradigm-shifting. This book will pique the interest of the average thinker, and make them laugh or at least groan appreciatively as they navigate their way through what has typically been a dull, dry subject. It has pictures, diagrams, cartoons, and takes a whimsical approach to completely altering one’s perception of perceiving. Though brains are soft and squishy, books on critical thinking tend to be hard, migraine-inducing, and about as much fun as stapling a piece of liverwurst to an angry tiger. Not this book. It is a fun introduction to using one’s brain for critical thinking. Unfortunately, thinking for oneself is neither popular nor even particularly safe. To be blunt, this book is extremely dangerous. Readers may laugh, groan, roll their eyes, rage at the printed word, squint incredulously, and/or may even begin thinking for themselves. Readers may also fart a lot, depending on what they had for lunch. Readers are strongly advised to put the book down and back away slowly to a safe distance.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692451953
Publisher: BookLocker.com Inc
Publication date: 10/06/2017
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Peter Rogers is a bipedal primate living in California, and has been using his brain for at least the last five years or so. He has also spent the last twenty years developing and writing business systems, user manuals, and outlining best practices in a variety of settings. As such, he has come to the dubious conclusion (without even counting on his toes) that he is eminently qualified to write a book about using a brain. Unfortunately, due to significant errors in his upbringing (sorry Mom & Dad), and in his education (sorry Western Washington University), he is wired all wrong. As such, he has attempted to develop a humorous book on critical thinking without the sound backing of a team of philosophers, scientists, theologians, lawyers, artists, and clowns.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Warning

MAGIC

What’s Left?

Book 1 Thinking

Being a Decider

6 Common Errors in Thinking

Error #1 We prefer stories to stats

Error #2 We have a confirmation bias

Error #3 Gut feelings usually beat statistics

Error #4 We trust the reliability of our senses

Error #5 We tend to oversimplify stuff

Error #6 Our memories are faulty

Mixing Mistakes

Occam’s Razor: The Thinker’s Millennium Falcon

Critical Thinking

Deductive and Inductive Reasoning

The Argument from Ignorance

Logic and Reason: Cop Buddies

Rationality

Problem Solving

3. Look at the problem objectively

Moving from Idea to Action

Book 2 Heretical Ideas

Introduction to Book 2: Yet Another Warning

God

Skepticism

“Intelligent Design”

Sub-Chapter: The Peter Scale

O.k., Back to Intelligent Design

Evolution

Back to the Subject of God

Shouting

Atheism

Some Opinions

Other Opinions

Belief

Love and God and Proof

The 10 Commandments… and 10 Possibly Better Commandments

So Why Have Religion At All?

Maybe

Book 3 Final Thoughts

Basic Ideas

Some Interesting Quotes

The Final Page

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