A Field Guide to Lies

A Field Guide to Lies

Critical Thinking in the Information Age

eBook - 2016
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Outlines recommendations for critical thinking practices that meet the challenges of the digital age's misinformation, demonstrating the role of science in information literacy while explaining the importance of skeptical reasoning in making decisions based on online information.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Allen Lane,, 2016
ISBN: 9780143196280
0143196286
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: data file,rda
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mclarjh
Jul 30, 2017

Dull writing. Much of this has been dumbed down so anyone with a background in statistics would be bored, but the Bayesian statistics could have used a better explanation.

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bkevin
Feb 08, 2017

A witty and entertaining introduction of critical thinking. It is kind of an updated and expanded version of Huff's classic, "How to Lie with Statistics." A quick read, it should be required reading in every High School. One flaw was the extremely abbreviated discussion of Bayesian reasoning a bit hard to follow. However, like most of these books, it will be read by people who already know most of this stuff, and ignored by those who need it the most. High school graduation season will be here it a few months, give it as gifts.

Timmeh4248 Nov 02, 2016

9 out of 10 doctors agree that reading this book will result in serious weight loss, more restful sleep, and make you better looking. Also Daniel Levitin will give you a million dollars just to read and review it!

Psyche. You thought.

But seriously, this is a book all about evaluating information. In a time when many of our news media are beholden to money interests and anyone can spread misinformation via the web, this is a set of skills that is more important than ever. Unfortunately, I suspect the people who could benefit the most from reading this, probably won't. There are certain groups of people who don't like to be confronted with facts and well-framed arguments and are unlikely to deviate from that pattern.

Levitin covers the way graphics, graphs, statistics, probabilities, and words can be used to deceive us. Even trusted and reputable sources may have an ax to grind. Be aware of who's writing and never stop questioning.

And before someone asks, no I didn't check all of the sources the author cites. Most of the concepts discussed are already familiar to me and it is the concept I am interested in not each factual instance cited. Read it for yourself and decide.

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