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    How to Think about Weird Things Critical Thinking for a New Age

    ISBN-10: 007287953X
    ISBN-13: 9780072879537
    Author(s): Theodore Schick, Lewis Vaughn
    Description: The course is called Critical Thinking and is found in the Philosophy and/or English departments. This text serves well as a supplemental text in critical thinking, logic, introduction to philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics,  More...
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    Edition: 4th
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 338
    Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 1.034
    Language: English

    The course is called Critical Thinking and is found in the Philosophy and/or English departments. This text serves well as a supplemental text in critical thinking, logic, introduction to philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, introduction to psychology, anomalistic psychology, perception and cognition, as well as any introductory science course. It has been used in all of the courses mentioned above as well as introductory biology, introductory physics, and introductory chemistry courses. It could also serve as a main text for courses in evaluation of the paranormal, philosophical implications of the paranormal, occult beliefs, and pseudoscience.

    Preface
    Introduction: Close Encounters with the Strange The Importance of Why
    Beyond Weird to The Absurd
    A Weirdness Sampler
    The Possibility of the Impossible Paradigms and the Paranormal
    Logical Possibility versus Physical Impossibility
    The Appeal to Ignorance
    The Possibility of Esp
    Theories and Things
    On Knowing the Future
    Looking for Truth in Personal Experience Seeming and Being
    Perceiving: True or False?
    Perceptual Constancies
    The Role of Expectation
    Looking for Clarity in Vagueness
    The Blondlot Case
    "Constructing" UFOs
    Remembering: Do We Revise the Past?
    Judging: The Habit of Unwarranted Assumptions
    Against All Odds
    Selective Attention
    The Limits of Personal Experience
    Relativism, Truth, and Reality We Each Create Our Own Reality
    Reality is Socially Constructed
    Reality is Consituted by Conceptual Schemes
    Facing Reality
    Knowledge, Belief, and Evidence Babylonian Knowledge-Acquisition Techniques
    Propositional Knowledge
    Reasons and Evidence
    Expert Opinion
    Coherence and Justification
    Sources of Knowledge
    The Appeal to Faith
    The Appeal to Intuition
    The Appeal to Mystical Experience
    Astrology Revisited
    Evidence and Inference Denying the Evidence
    Confirmation Bias
    The Availability Error
    The Representativeness Heuristic
    A Little Logic
    Science and Its Pretenders Science and Dogma
    Science and Scientism
    Scientific Methodology
    Confirming and Confuting Hypotheses
    Criteria of Adequacy
    Testability
    Fruitfulness
    Scope
    Simplicity
    Conservatism
    Creationism, Evolution, and Criteria of Adequacy
    Parapsychology
    How to Assess a ¿Miracle Cure¿ Personal Experience
    The Variable Nature of Illness
    The Placebo Effect
    Overlooked Causes
    The Doctor¿s Evidence
    The Appeal to Tradition
    The Reasons of Science
    Medical Research
    Types of Studies
    Case Studies in the Extraordinary The Search Formula
    State the Claim
    Examine the Evidence for the Claim
    Consider Alternative Hypotheses
    Rate, According to the Criteria of Adequacy, Each Hypothesis Dowsing
    UFO Abductions
    Communicating with the Dead
    Near-Death Experiences
    Appendix: Informal Fallacies
    Unacceptable Premises
    Begging the Question
    False Dilemma
    Irrelevant Premises
    Equivocation
    Composition
    Division
    Appeal to the Person
    Genetic Fallacy
    Appeal to Authority
    Appeal to the Masses
    Appeal to Tradition
    Appeal to Ignorance
    Appeal to Fear
    Insufficient Premises
    Hasty Generalization
    Faulty Analogy
    False Cause In each chapter: Study Questions
    Suggested Readings Notes
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