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HANDLING TRUTH: Navigating the Riptides of Rhetoric, Religion, Reason, and Research Paperback – January 1, 2012


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Logica Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976187515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976187516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Melvin Gardner is an experimental psychologist and a retired college professor. He writes about truth because he sees it drowning under a flood of information, and he wants to recruit you to help save it.

During his teaching career he conducted research on a variety of topics, including animal behavior, comparative learning, childcare institutions, and academic honesty. He has written on statistical methods, language, academic cheating, attitude assessment, and learning. He spent a year studying language at the University of Wisconsin, and remains a student of philosophy.

He also writes about the early history of automobiles, and has compiled an encyclopedic history of eight-cylinder engines, covering the period from 1903 to 1955.

He lives in Fairhope, Alabama. And he enjoys hearing from readers and thinkers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James J. Krider on December 19, 2011
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Believing truth is truth, we know it when we see it, and those disagreeing must be either evil or irrational, people today are angry that the country can't agree on the nature of our problems or their solutions. William Gardner's fascinating "Handling Truth" gives us an understandable and well-written explanation of why this is inevitable. Identifying the four differing domains of truth seeking found in rhetoric, religion, logic, and research, he shows how each arrives at and defends its version of reality.
Reconciling the four is virtually impossible when one is debating, another proselytizing, a third demanding logical proofs, and a fourth accepting only replicated research findings. This lack of convergence necessitates accommodating those differences if peace and harmony are to prevail. Gardner shows why democracies must impose the methods of rhetoric, logic, and research, while allowing freedom of, but not domination by the authoritarian truths of religious and ideological faiths. A must read for today's volatile world.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leff on December 3, 2011
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"Handling Truth" is a fun and informative piece, which has me analyzing arguments in a new way. By clearly and methodically outlining four strains of thought and debate -- dubbed Rhetorica, Mystica, Logica, and Empirica -- the book has enabled me to spot each "domain" a mile away in public discourse, news reports, and everyday conversations. My copy of the book is now full of highlighted passages, both to affirm and to dispute. So, what's The Truth? Basically, that depends where you're coming from!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Horan on May 2, 2013
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Self-published, I assume, it's something of a gift from the gods; straightforward, plainly written, lovely in that way you know you must have articulated these simple things before, you just can't quite remember doing it. And they are crucial things.

He has an important argument to convey; he does it well; it's crucially important. I hope it sells millions and goes to every high school senior, and every person in political and religious and scientific office in the country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 20, 2013
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Although I'm not 100% sold on what Mr. Gardner has to say in this book it has me thinking. Any book that can get me to question the current way I think about things is certainly worth reading. These 4 domains of Truth are cultural, and I would imagine some cognitive dissonance must be navigated through when re-framing reality into Mr. Gardner's truths. Whats best about this book is how accessible it is; it can be very hard to digest certain books (especially after a long day at work), but I can understand and retain it all. A delight to read. Highly recommended!
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