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A Field Guide to Lies Audiobook

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Organized Mind and This Is Your Brain on Music, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever.

We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process - especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half truths, and even outright lies. New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports, revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.

It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudofacts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories - statistical infomation and faulty arguments - ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning - not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Listeners learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection.

Levitin's charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren't so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Daniel J. Levitin (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Bruce Jones 12-06-16
    Bruce Jones 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Listen"

    I'd recommend to anyone who is looking to decipher all the noise from the facts.

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    Lauren Brazil 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Spectacular & Necessary in the Internet Age"

    Excellent breakdown of complex issues. Education on overcoming biases & fallacies of intuition is best started as early as possible, especially when kids are on the web so early in their lives. This should be a prerequisite read for anyone on the Internet. I'm shocked at how succinctly the author was able to explain extremely complex processes and statistical methods. Recommend the physical book to clarify graphs/charts/imagery over audio version, but it was still fantastic.

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    Sae 10-19-16
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    "Very disappointing. So mach bias..."
    Would you try another book from Daniel J. Levitin and/or Dan Piraro?

    Perhaps. I want to know more about this author. Narration was no issue, rather good.


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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Basics of statistics were interesting and fairly presented without too much detail that could confuse casual listener. But again the problem is in his examples....


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    It left me really bad taste after reading half way through... So much propaganda and bias for the pharmaceutical, medical & GMO industry. Author should've used his own knowledge of statistics and fairly apply it to the subject of vaccine and others. He is not an expert on subject, and he start the whole assertion with faulty logic with wrong assumption. The biggest issues about vaccine & GMO is that the studies (so called scientific by proponents) were done without proper scientific procedure and many findings were manipulated and/or misrepresented by using various statistics and dishonest way of reporting. The author who mentioned all of the danger of such shady/ignorant practice suddenly becomes the one...

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    Ronald MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States 11-17-16
    Ronald MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States 11-17-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Basics on how to spot bad argument or bad stats"

    Loved the refresher on stats "facts" and how they are manipulated.

    If you have never taken a good statistics class or if it's been a while it's a fast and clear refresher to spot how facts can be manipulated.

    I only give 5 stars now to books that blow my socks off.

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