Master Critical Thinking

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The list author says: "If you have ever wanted to sharpen your reasoning abilities, you are in the right place. This is a list of books that will help you master skills and knowledge sets that are essential for skepticism. The last two are textbooks that I recommend if you want to take your reasoning to the next level."
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1.  The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
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  "Carl Sagan’s Demon Haunted world is the manifesto of the modern skeptical movement and should be read by everyone on the planet. Like Sagan’s work on astronomy, DHW is easy to read and full of wonderful information. This treasure trove includes the famed Baloney Detection Kit."
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Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks
2.  Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
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  "Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science highlights the dangers that Carl Sagan warned about. The author discusses many important things, such as how mathematical illiteracy leads to weird beliefs. It is also very funny."
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How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
3.  How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age by Lewis Vaughn
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  "Theodore Schick How to Think About Weird Things is the college course in critical thinking that you wish you had. Using examples like homeopathy and bigfoot, the authors teach how to examine evidence, construct arguments, spot a logical fallacy, and approach miraculous claims. All of this information is applied in a practical way that will help the reader immunize themselves from idiocy."
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Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
4.  Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci
The list author says:
  "Massimo Pigliucci’s Nonsense on Stilts is an excellent examination of what separates science from pseudoscience. By the time you are done, you will be much better equipped to approach issues like anti-vaccination hysteria and will better understand science as a modern institution. This information is essential if you desire to be an informed participant in the great conversation of mankind."
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
5.  Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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  "Thinking, Fast and Slow is a well written popularization of decades of research on human cognition that exposes the errors in our own thinking. If you have never read anything on cognitive biases, be prepared to be shocked."
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Thinking and Deciding, 4th Edition
6.  Thinking and Deciding, 4th Edition by Jonathan Baron
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  "This is a truly excellent textbook that explains how we think about and make decisions. It also shows how we can optimize that process."
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An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic
7.  An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic by Ian Hacking
The list author says:
  "This amazing philosophy textbook breaks down probability even further as it explains things like the Gambler's fallacy and Bayes' Theorem. Since it is written for non-math majors, it is very easy to work through."
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Qualifications: skeptic, bachelors in philosophy, masters in history
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