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Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology

Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology

by Stephen H. Jenkins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199981045
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen H. Jenkins is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Nevada. He is the author of How Science Works: Evaluating Evidence in Biology and Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2004). He also blogs regularly about critical thinking at

Table of Contents

1. Discovery and Causation
2. Observations as Evidence
3. From Observations to Data
4. Experiments: The Gold Standard for Research
5. Correlations, Comparisons, and Causation
6. The Diverse Use of Models in Biology
7. Genes, Environments, and the Complexity of Causation
8. From Causes to Consequences: Considering the Weight of Evidence
9. Science as a Social Process
10. Critical Thinking about Climate Change
Appendix 1. Units of Measurement Used in This Book
Appendix 2. How Does Evolution Work?
Appendix 3. Sensory Worlds of Humans and Other Animals
Appendix 4. Global Climate Change: How Can Amateurs Comprehend Complex Models?
Appendix 5. The Mystery of Missing Heritability
Appendix 6. Mapping Arguments to Aid Critical Thinking About the Weight of Evidence
Appendix 7. What are the Benefits of Organic Farming? The Weight of Evidence
Appendix 8. Global Climate Change: Evaluating Expert Opinion

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