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Social scientist Daniel J. Levitin explains the many factors that make it hard to think clearly. He addresses common issues in how people think about numbers, words, concepts and the world. He provides suggestions on how to correct these mistakes and improve the quality of your thinking. And he explains how people mislead each other, be it intentional or accidental. If you’d like to cut through the storm of misinformation that marks the information age, getAbstract recommends this useful guide – an excellent tool for anyone interested in dispelling deception.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why critical thinking is important,
  • How to think more clearly, and
  • What factors and contexts make it harder to know what’s true and to be truthful.
 

About the Author

Daniel J. Levitin is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, Distinguished Faculty Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University. He has written four best-selling books, including The Organized Mind.

 

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The Need to Think Critically
As information becomes more widely available, discerning what is true becomes more difficult. You are responsible for evaluating the information you encounter and decide to absorb. You must be able to evaluate words and numbers, and to cull misinformation.<...

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