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A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age : Scientific Habits of Mind / David J. Helfand.

Author/Creator:
Helfand, David J., author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 53 black and white illustrations
Subjects:
Errors, Scientific.
Missing observations (Statistics).
Science -- Methodology.
Statistics -- Methodology.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
This book provides an inoculation against the misinformation epidemic by cultivating scientific habits of mind. From dissolving our fear of numbers and demystifying graphs, to elucidating the key concepts of probability and the use of precise language and logic, Helfand supplies an essential set of apps for the pre-frontal cortex while making science both accessible and entertaining.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Information, Misinformation, and Our Planet's Future
1. A Walk in the Park
2. What Is Science?
3. A Sense of Scale
Interlude 1: Numbers
4. Discoveries on the Back of an Envelope
5. Insights in Lines and Dots
Interlude 2: Logic and Language
6. Expecting the Improbable
7. Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
8. Correlation, Causation . . . Confusion and Clarity
9. Definitional Features of Science
10. Applying Scientific Habits of Mind to Earth's Future
11. What Isn't Science
12. The Triumph of Misinformation; The Perils of Ignorance
13. The Unfinished Cathedral
Appendix: Practicing Scientific Habits of Mind
Notes
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed Mar. 30, 2016)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780231541022
OCLC:
935931812
Publisher Number:
10.7312/helf16872 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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