A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age
By Daniel J. Levitin
Having trouble distinguishing fact from fiction in the age of fake news? In this book, Daniel J. Levitin seeks to enlighten and empower by explaining critical thinking strategies that can help anyone better analyze, evaluate, and identify flaws in information. The book is divided into three sections: evaluating numbers, evaluating words, and evaluating the world. The author provides an accessible overview of deduction, induction, and logical fallacies; explains how to identify bias and expertise; and demonstrates the importance of basic literacy in statistics, probability, data representation, and plausibility. As we find ourselves now continually confronting click-bait titles, new “studies” proposing extraordinary claims, and other questionable content on the Internet and elsewhere, this book is a timely and engaging introduction to the knowledge and skills that can help us better navigate life in the Information Age.
Reviewed by Rachael Hyde, Reference Assistant
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