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The Resource Critical thinking in a world of pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs, Jonathan C. Smith, (electronic book)

Critical thinking in a world of pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs, Jonathan C. Smith, (electronic book)

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Critical thinking in a world of pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs
Title
Critical thinking in a world of pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan C. Smith
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Comprehensive and engaging, this extensively revised edition of a student and instructor favourite introduces the basics of critical thinking using the claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal.
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  • StDuBDS
  • StDuBDS
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Smith, Jonathan C
Dewey number
130
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF1031
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Parapsychology
  • Parapsychology
  • Critical thinking
Summary expansion
Comprehensive and engaging, this extensively revised edition of a student and instructor favorite introduces the basics of critical thinking using the claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal. Guides readers through the critical thinking process by considering different types of support (sources, logic, and scientific observation) and ruling out alternative explanations Allows students to practice and apply their new critical thinking skills on claims of extraordinary cures including energy treatments, complementary/alternative medicine and faith healing as well as four paranormal claims of consequence: astrology, spiritualism and the afterlife, parapsychology, and creationism. Couples a conversational, nontechnical narrative with student-friendly pedagogical tools, including critical thinking questions and a study guide for each chapter. Provides clear and open-minded discussions of the paranormal spectrum, belief justification surveys, the placebo effect, and the relationship between religion and critical thinking
Target audience
specialized
Label
Critical thinking in a world of pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs, Jonathan C. Smith, (electronic book)
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
<p>Acknowledgments ix</p> <p><b>Part I Introduction 1</b></p> <p>1 Critical Thinking: Your Survival Kit 3</p> <p>2 The Paranormal Spectrum 13</p> <p>3 What&rsquo;s the Harm? Why Study These Things? 25</p> <p><b>Part II The Critical Thinker&rsquo;s Toolkit 47</b></p> <p>4 Sources 49</p> <p>5 Logic (Bonus: The Big Four Informal Logical Fallacies) 61</p> <p>6 Logic and Language: Fallacies of Ambiguity 79</p> <p>7 Science 93</p> <p><b>Part III Alternative Explanations 115</b></p> <p>8 Oddities of Nature and the World of Numbers 117</p> <p>9 Perceptual Error and Trickery 135</p> <p>10 Memory Errors 155</p> <p>11 The Placebo Effect 167</p> <p>12 Sensory Phenomena, Hallucinations, and Psychiatric Conditions 189</p> <p><b>Part IV Paranormal Challenges 211</b></p> <p>13 Claims of Extraordinary Cures 213</p> <p>14 From the Paranormal Sampler: Four Claims of Consequence 229</p> <p>Appendix A: Why Do You Believe? 255</p> <p>Appendix B: Belief Justification Survey 261</p> <p>Notes 271</p> <p>References 273</p> <p>Index 295</p>
Control code
AH30737599
Edition
Second edition.
Extent
320 pages
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
After 5 minutes Preview, click on &#x32;Request Access&#x33;, fill in a form with your details. If triggered, the book will be loaned and tied to the one user for 1 week, during which time users can read or download as they choose. 4th user request triggers auto-purchase
Isbn
9781119029489
Isbn Type
(ebk)
Lccn
2017002367
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Critical thinking in a world of pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs, Jonathan C. Smith, (electronic book)
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
<p>Acknowledgments ix</p> <p><b>Part I Introduction 1</b></p> <p>1 Critical Thinking: Your Survival Kit 3</p> <p>2 The Paranormal Spectrum 13</p> <p>3 What&rsquo;s the Harm? Why Study These Things? 25</p> <p><b>Part II The Critical Thinker&rsquo;s Toolkit 47</b></p> <p>4 Sources 49</p> <p>5 Logic (Bonus: The Big Four Informal Logical Fallacies) 61</p> <p>6 Logic and Language: Fallacies of Ambiguity 79</p> <p>7 Science 93</p> <p><b>Part III Alternative Explanations 115</b></p> <p>8 Oddities of Nature and the World of Numbers 117</p> <p>9 Perceptual Error and Trickery 135</p> <p>10 Memory Errors 155</p> <p>11 The Placebo Effect 167</p> <p>12 Sensory Phenomena, Hallucinations, and Psychiatric Conditions 189</p> <p><b>Part IV Paranormal Challenges 211</b></p> <p>13 Claims of Extraordinary Cures 213</p> <p>14 From the Paranormal Sampler: Four Claims of Consequence 229</p> <p>Appendix A: Why Do You Believe? 255</p> <p>Appendix B: Belief Justification Survey 261</p> <p>Notes 271</p> <p>References 273</p> <p>Index 295</p>
Control code
AH30737599
Edition
Second edition.
Extent
320 pages
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
After 5 minutes Preview, click on &#x32;Request Access&#x33;, fill in a form with your details. If triggered, the book will be loaned and tied to the one user for 1 week, during which time users can read or download as they choose. 4th user request triggers auto-purchase
Isbn
9781119029489
Isbn Type
(ebk)
Lccn
2017002367
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
remote

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