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How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age (1995 original; edició 1998)

de Theodore Schick

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This brief, inexpensive text helps students think critically, using examples from the weird claims and beliefs that abound in our culture to demonstrate the sound evaluation of any claim. The authors focus on types of logical arguments and proofs, making How to Think about Weird Things a versatile supplement for logic, critical thinking, philosophy of science, or any other science appreciation courses.… (més)
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Títol:How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
Autors:Theodore Schick
Informació:Mayfield Publishing Company (1998), Edition: 2nd, Paperback
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How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age de Theodore Schick (1995)

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Perhaps logical arguments and rhetoric should be compulsory topics for sciences majors? (Or all STEM majors generally.)

I know; it's icky philosophy and doesn't have any nice, hard answers but it's worth it for the change in thinking it can provoke.

At the very least, you'll learn how to construct more persuasive arguments, which is not so important for research but very important in communicating it (or communicating why someone should give you a grant to do it).

You'll also learn about why people are stubborn in their beliefs, why some people hold mistaken beliefs (and these people aren’t necessarily 'stupid'; some of them are in STEM fields themselves, though usually not in ones that would counter their views) and that bombarding people with evidence is really not a very good way to argue. (It is a way to argue, but it's often ineffective.)

Rhetoric will also teach you how to argue and speak more persuasively - and, it will teach you how many of these charlatans and snake-oil sellers convince people to follow them. (Many are true believers in their claims, mind you.)

Given that people already in STEM fields probably don't have the time to pick up whole new degrees, I'd suggest looking into some entry-level books on the subject and work on it in your spare time like “How To Think About Weird Things” (Schick and Vaughn; I used the 2014 edition but there may be a newer one now) and “The Elements of Reasoning” (Munson, Conway and Black; there is a newer edition though). They're pretty good starting resources and they were surprisingly cheap for textbooks, though others may have other suggestions; see what your country's universities recommend.

At the very least, look into the backfire effect and other common issues with arguments and errors of reasoning. Look at what others have suggested to work with these issues. While we are one of the very few species we know of that can reason logically, that doesn't mean we're perfect at it; it's not necessarily an innate skill, and we can still make mistakes along the way. Constructing persuasive arguments is definitely not an innate skill; it's something that needs to be taught, and yet, so few people in fields where it is essential (or very, very useful) take the opportunity while it's available.

Of course, logical argument and rhetoric would be wasted on science deniers; their grasp of rhetoric & logic is even weaker than that of scientists. It would, however, be very useful when dealing with journalists, who routinely garble even the most basic, wikipedia-verifiable science. And don't even get me started on University press release writers. ( )
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This brief, inexpensive text helps students think critically, using examples from the weird claims and beliefs that abound in our culture to demonstrate the sound evaluation of any claim. The authors focus on types of logical arguments and proofs, making How to Think about Weird Things a versatile supplement for logic, critical thinking, philosophy of science, or any other science appreciation courses.

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