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Why Do We Believe the Things We Do?

Glenn Kessler
The list author says: "These readings form the core of a course that focuses on a central question: “Why do we believe the things we do?” We consider from a multi-disciplinary perspective topics such as: mental models, hidden assumptions and the place of implicit beliefs in reasoning; “thin slicing” and the role of the “adaptive unconscious” in decision making; propaganda, public relations and the role of the media in belief formation; the identification and evaluation of arguments and the difference between persuasive and cogent reasoning."
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More
"Required. Earlier editions are fine."
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
"The1999 edition is OK and less expensive."
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
"Required. An interesting report on topics from marriage to murder tied together by the notion of "thin slicing" - what and how we can know in "the blink of an eye."Any edition is OK."
Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 9th Edition
Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 9th Edition
"Required. A useful guide to critical thinking."
Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists
Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists
"Required. A non-technical guide to thinking about statistics"
1984 (Signet Classics)
1984 (Signet Classics)
"Required."
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
"Required. A classic "how to" for all writers."
Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
"Optional: An excellent complement to Gladwell's Blink"
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization
"Optional. Start here for mental models."
Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds
Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds
"Optional: Interesting discussion from the standpoint of multiple intelligences."
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
"Optional. Highly provocative discussion of propaganda and the media"
Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series)
Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series)
"Optional: A readable and and provocative discussion of media and mind control"
The Craft of Research, 2nd edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
The Craft of Research, 2nd edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
"Optional. An excellent introduction and guide to the research process"
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Fifth Edition
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Fifth Edition
"Optional. A good all purpose style manual."
On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
"Optional. A good introduction to writing non-fiction"
Memento
Memento
"Required viewing. Not required for purchase."
12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men
"Required viewing. Not required for purchase."
Super Size Me [DVD]
Super Size Me [DVD]
"Required viewing. Not required for purchase."
The Insider
The Insider
"Required viewing. Not required for purchase."