Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense Find Your Inner Chomsky

ISBN-10: 1583227652
ISBN-13: 9781583227657
Edition: 2007
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Description: "My personal feeling is that citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy."-Noam Chomsky   More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 2/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"My personal feeling is that citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy."-Noam Chomsky "Exercising intellectual self-defense is an act of citizenship. It is what has motivated me to write this little book, which offers exactly this: an introduction to critical thinking."-Normand Baillargeon What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, radical pedagogue Normand Baillargeon trains readers to think, deconstruct, and ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of government, "authorities," and other elites. Whether the issue be the call to what we're told will be a bloodless war, the "debate" around Intelligent Design, understanding a government military expenditure, or simply reading the news, Baillargeon teaches readers to evaluate information and sort fact from official and media spin. In the spirit of advocates of critical thinking from every age, and including the famed late scientist Carl Sagan's "Baloney Detection Kit" and George Orwell's views on the political uses and abuses of language, this vivid, accessible primer empowers readers to take their education as citizens into their own hands. Normand Baillargeon is a professor of education fundamentals at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he teaches on the history of pedagogy and the philosophy of education.

Normand Baillargeon is the author of several prior books of critical thinking. He teaches education at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada and is a regular contributor to Le Couac newspaper and A Babord magazine.

Introduction
Some Indispensable Tools for Critical Thinking
Language
Introduction
Tracherous Words
The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation: Some Everyday Fallacies
Mathematics: Those Who Refuse to Be Conned, Count!
Introduction
Treating Common Forms of Innumeracy
Probability and Statistics
On the Justification of Belief
Personal Experience
Introduction
Perceiving
Remembering
Judging
Empirical and Experimental Science
Introduction
Science and Experimentation
Science and Epistemology
A Few Questions for the Critical Reading of Research Results
The SEARCH Model
The Media
Introduction
Another Kind of Democracy
The Propaganda Model of Media
Thirty-one Strategies for Fostering a Critical Approach to the Media
Conclusion
Independent Media Guide
Suggested Readings
Notes
About the Author
About Seven Stories Press

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