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How to Think About Weird Things : Critical Thinking - 4th edition

How to Think About Weird Things : Critical Thinking (ISBN10: 007287953X; ISBN13: 9780072879537)
ISBN13: 978-0072879537
ISBN10: 007287953X

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0072980820
ISBN10: 0072980826

Summary: The course is called Critical Thinking and is found in the Philosophy and/or English departments. This text serves well as a supplemental text in critical thinking, logic, introduction to philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, introduction to psychology, anomalistic psychology, perception and cognition, as well as any introductory science course. It has been used in all of the courses mentioned above as well as introductory biology, introductor ...show morey physics, and introductory chemistry courses. It could also serve as a main text for courses in evaluation of the paranormal, philosophical implications of the paranormal, occult beliefs, and pseudoscience.

New to This Edition

  • A new chapter on logic and informal fallacies replaces the previous edition's Chapter 6.
  • Expanded coverage of perceptual and cognitive errors appears in Chapter 3.
  • Additional exercises, discussion questions, and field problems complement each chapter.
  • A revised discussion of logical, causal, and technological possibility appears in Chapter 2.
  • Updated sections address evolution, parapsychology, cold reading, and near death experiences (in Chapters 7 and 8).
  • A new section on spontaneous human combustion appears in Chapter 8.
  • New boxes address transcendental meditation, the Sokal hoax, the Loch Ness Monster, the Bermuda Triangle, and Big Foot.
Features
  • Includes explanations of 34 principles of knowledge, reasoning, and evidence that students can use to enhance their problem-solving skills and sharpen their judgment
  • Presents a comprehensive treatment of claims concerning the nature of truth, including several forms of relativism and subjectivism
  • Discusses more than 50 paranormal, supernatural, or mysterious phenomena, including ghosts, ESP, psychokinesis, UFO abductions, channeling, and parapsychology.
  • Details a step-by-step procedure for evaluating any extraordinary claim (the SEARCH formula), and applies it to several popular weird claims
  • Includes numerous boxes with details on various offbeat beliefs, assessments by both true believers and skeptics of extraordinary claims, and reports of relevant scientific research
  • Offers a detailed discussion of the characteristics, methodology, and limitations of science, illustrated with analyses of the claims of parapsychology and creationism
  • Provides in-depth treatment of various kinds of evidence appealed to in relation to health issues, helping students assess any health claim, including popular ones in "alternative" medicine and "holistic" health
  • Provides study questions at the end of each chapter
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Edition/Copyright: 4TH 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 08/28/2004
International: No

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