A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking with Statistics and the Scientific Method

Book Name: A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking with Statistics and the Scientific Method
Author: Daniel J. Levitin
Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 0593182510
Year: 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English
File format: PDF

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking with Statistics and the Scientific Method Pdf Book Description:

We’re bombarded with more information daily than our brains can process–particularly in election period. It is raining bad information, half-truths, and even blatant lies. New York Times bestselling writer Daniel J. Levitin demonstrates how to identify misleading statements, figures, charts, and written reports, showing how lying weasels can utilize them.

It is becoming more difficult to divide the wheat in the electronic chaff. Levitin groups his subject guide into two classes –statistical info along with faulty arguments–finally demonstrating how mathematics would be the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means knowing that there are hierarchies of supply bias and quality which variously distort our data feeds through each media channel, such as social websites. We might expect papers, writers, the authorities, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically right, but they often are not. We will need to believe seriously about the numbers and words we experience if we are interested in being effective at work, at play, and also in making the most of our own lives. This means assessing the plausibility and rationale –not accepting advice, replicating it, and making conclusions in it. Levitin’s magical, entertaining, accessible guide will help anyone wake up to a great deal of things which are not so. And grab some weasels in their paths!

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