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Weaponized Lies - How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era-logo

Weaponized Lies - How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

Daniel J. Levitin

Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies We're surrounded by fringe 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.

Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies We're surrounded by fringe 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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Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies We're surrounded by fringe 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Piraro

Length:

7h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:12


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:35