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Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth EraWinner of the 2016 Mavis Gallant Prize for NonfictionOne of Hudson Booksellers Best Business Interest Books of 2016Named one of 26 Favorite Books of High Achievers by Inc Magazine Daniel Levitins field guide is acritical thinking primer for our shrill, data drenched age Its an essential tool for really understandingthe texts, posts, tweets, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, op eds, interviews, and speeches that bombard us every day From the way averages befuddle to the logical fallacies that sneak by us, every page is enlightening.Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better The world is awash with data, but not always with accurate information A Field Guide to Lies does a terrific job of illustrating the difference between the two with precisionand delightful good humor.Charles Wheelan, senior lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College, author of Naked Economics A Field Guide to Lies by the neuroscientist Daniel Levitin lays out the many ways in which each of us can be fooled and misled by numbers and logic, as well as the modes of critical thinking we will need to overcome this The Wall Street Journal Mr Levitin is the perfect guideIf everyone could adopt the level of healthy statistical scepticism that Mr Levitin would like, political debate would be in much better shape The Economist Valuable tools for anyone willing to evaluate claims and get to the truth of the matter Kirkus Reviews A n essential guide for finding whats real amid the daily proliferation of texts, tweets and skewed stats, with smart tips for sharpening critical thinking skills The San Jose Mercury NewsThis useful, entertaining, and highly readable guide is ready to arm everyday citizens with the tools to combat the spread of spurious, and often ridiculous, information Library Journal A book you may want to have close by at all times Success Magazine A Field Guide to Lies serves as a kind of Strunk and White for sloppy thinkers New York Journal of BooksEntertaining and filled with helpful hints, A Field Guide to Lies is a valuable tool for navigating the daily data onslaught San Jose Mercury NewsSmart and humorous.The tools anyone needs to tell good information from bad are in this definitive guide to critical thinking Shelf AwarenessExceptionalpracticaland essential advice Big ThinkAn entertaining, user friendly primer on evaluating data wisely The Washington Independent Review of BooksEverybody who cross examines witnesses should read this book Justice Patricia Rowbotham, Alberta Court of Appeal, CalgaryThis is a wonderful book It covers so many of the insights of science, logic, and statistics that the public needs to know, yet are sadly neglected in the education that most of us receive.Edward K Cheng,Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence and professor of law at Vanderbilt Law SchoolHits on the most important issues around statistical literacy, and uses good examples to illustrate its points I could not put this book down Reading it has been a pleasure, believe me I am so impressed with Levitin s writing style, which is clear and simple, unlike much of the murky stuff that is written by statisticians and many others.Morris Olitsky, former vice president, Market Research and Analysis, Prudential Financial statistician, USDAInsightful and entertainingan excellent work.Gregg Gascon, Biomedical Informatics, the Ohio State UniversityJust as Strunk and White taught us how to communicate better, A Field Guide to Lies is an indispensable guide to thinking better As Big Data becomes a dominant theme in our culture, we are all obliged to sharpen our critical thinking so as to thwart the forces of obfuscation Levitin has done a great service here.Jasper Rine, professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development, UC BerkeleyNot since Huff s classic How to Lie with Statistics has a book so clearly described how numbers can be used to deceive and misdirect Levitin shows how to critically evaluate claims that charlatans, the media, and politicians would have us believe.Stan Lazic, team leader in quantitative biology at AstraZenecaA must read Professor Levitin convinces the reader why critical thinking has become even crucial in the Information Age As we are consistently bombarded with information, lets question its veracity and acquire the tools to analyze it.Isabelle Bajeux Besnainou, dean and professor of finance, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill UniversityNo book could be timely An important book for everyone to read Essential to where western democracies are going.Janice Stein,Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Well researched, and provides a valuable guide to assist the public with a methodology for evaluating the truth behind this cacophony of information that constantly inundates.Patrick Martin, magician A valuable primer on critical thinking that convincingly illustrates the prevalence of misinformation in everyday life Publishers WeeklyMr Levitin is the perfect guideIf everyone could adopt the level of healthy statistical scepticism thatMr Levitin would like, political debate would be in much better shape The EconomistLevitin belongs to a best selling group of expertsDaniel Kahneman, Gerd Gigerenzer, David Spiegelhalter, and a few who want to put us right on the pitfalls of dubious statistics and the various forms of bias that skew our decisionsThere can hardly be a important message at this moment in history, and until everyone gets it, all are welcome to keep pumping it out and Levitin is perhaps primus inter paresHis message is bracing and all we have to guard against a new Dark Age The Arts DeskPreviously Published as A Field Guide to LiesWere surrounded byfringe theories, fake news, and pseudo facts These lies are getting repeated New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to disarm these socially devastating inventions and get the American mind back on track Here are the fundamental lessons in critical thinking that we need to know and share now Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false the scientific method He grapples with the limits of what we can and cannot know Case studies are offered to demonstrate the applications of logical thinking to quite varied settings, spanning courtroom testimony, medical decision making, magic, modern physics, and conspiracy theories.This urgently needed book enables us to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection As Levitin attests Truth matters A post truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made Euphemisms like fringe theories, extreme views, alt truth, and even fake news can literally be dangerous Let s call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act. 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