Staff Pick

Daniel Levitin is a distinguished neuroscientist and expert on cognitive science, and what he’s offering in A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age (Dutton, $28) are some very helpful ways to sift through the growing barrage of information facing us day in and day out. How to tell fact from fiction. How to make sense of statistics. How to think critically about all the words and numbers coming at us nonstop. These are the challenges that Levitin addresses, and he provides some essential tools for navigating daily through the news and getting to the truth of matters. As he reminds us, we all would do well to heed that old maxim (often falsely attributed to Mark Twain): “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525955221
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Published: Dutton - September 6th, 2016