A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition
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David Helfand's Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age gives readers a chance to spend time with one this country's clearest and best critical thinkers. Helfand channels Steven Pinker's ability to dissect language with John Alan Paulos's ability to explain numbers with Richard Dawkins' ability to explain our existence (to obtain food, to avoid being food, and to reproduce) with George Carlin's ability to make us laugh. Using personal anecdotes (he's a Red Sox fan), Helfand teaches us how to think through questions as diverse as why the moon doesn't make us lunatics to why it only takes twenty-three people to have a 50:50 chance that two will have the same birthday. A real pleasure. -- Paul Offit, University of Pennsylvania
A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age is a no-holds-barred paean to the scientific mode of thinking. Helfand's wide-ranging, interdisciplinary, humorously cynical intellect comes through at every turn. -- J. Craig Wheeler, University of Texas at Austin
Important and timely. ― Library Journal
Helfand's work is an admirable response to a long-standing problem of sloppy thinking. ― Publishers Weekly
Helfand is a man brimming with incredible insights on the universe. ― Dave's Universe
A must–read for anyone presuming to call themselves a scientist and a should–read for anyone just trying to make sense of the overwhelming volume of data and real and concocted 'proofs' of nearly everything that spews forth from the Internet on demand. This book provides a road map for teaching students how to both celebrate science and how to view their primary source of information with skepticism and caution. Every science teacher should read this book. -- John Ziegler ― NSTA Recommends
For those with an arts and humanities background, this book offers many valuable lessons.... For everyone else it provides a vital antidote to the ills of misinformation by teaching systematic and rigorous scientific reasoning. -- Marina Gerner ― Times Literary Supplement
Highly recommended. ― CHOICE
How I wish everyone would read, appreciate, and follow [David J. Helfand's] guidance. ― Physics Today
From the Inside Flap
This survival guide supplies an essential set of apps for the pre-frontal cortex while making science both accessible and entertaining. It will dissolve your fear of numbers, demystify graphs, and elucidate the key concepts of probability, all while celebrating the precise use of language and logic. David Helfand, one of our nation's leading astronomers and science educators, has taught scientific habits of mind to generations in the classroom, where he continues to wage a provocative, unending battle against sloppy thinking and the encroachment of misinformation.
- ASIN : B019WQU84A
- Publisher : Columbia University Press; Illustrated edition (February 2, 2016)
- Publication date : February 2, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 9098 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 023116873X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #449,402 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book. Though I might have approached things topic differently, it's just a matter of style and not substance. It certainly is good information and provides a set of tools for the skeptically minded. I am able to add a few tools to my arsenal to defend myself against the stuff we all "just know." In a few areas it gets a little slow, but most of it was pretty easy to read and comprehend. In this age of fake news, which actually started when news started, it's good to arm ourselves with the means necessary to understand what is really going, and to push back against public policies foisted upon us by moronic politicians and government actions demanded by the emotionally driven people who push our government to waste millions of tax payers' dollars, which is pointed out in the book.
To those who are concerned about our age of false news and overwhelmed by information that floods us each day, this book will put you at ease.