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A survival guide to the misinformation age : scientific habits of mind, David J. Helfand

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A survival guide to the misinformation age : scientific habits of mind
Title
A survival guide to the misinformation age
Title remainder
scientific habits of mind
Statement of responsibility
David J. Helfand
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We live in the Information Age, with billions of bytes of data just two swipes away. Yet how much of this is mis- or even disinformation? A lot of it is, and your search engine can't tell the difference. As a result, an avalanche of misinformation threatens to overwhelm the discourse we so desperately need to address complex social problems such as climate change, the food and water crises, biodiversity collapse, and emerging threats to public health. This book provides an inoculation against the misinformation epidemic by cultivating scientific habits of mind. Anyone can do it{u2014}indeed, everyone must do it if our species is to survive on this crowded and finite planet. This survival guide supplies an essential set of apps for the prefrontal cortex while making science both accessible and entertaining. It will dissolve your fear of numbers, demystify graphs, and elucidate the key concepts of probability, all while celebrating the precise use of language and logic. David Helfand, one of our nation's leading astronomers and science educators, has taught scientific habits of mind to generations in the classroom, where he continues to wage a provocative battle against sloppy thinking and the encroachment of misinformation.--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
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Helfand, D. J.
Dewey number
500
Index
index present
LC call number
Q172.5.E77
LC item number
H45 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Errors, Scientific
  • Science
  • Statistics
  • Missing observations (Statistics)
Label
A survival guide to the misinformation age : scientific habits of mind, David J. Helfand
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Information, misinformation, and our planet's future -- A walk in the park -- What is science? -- A sense of scale -- Interlude 1. Numbers -- Discoveries on the back of an envelope -- Insights in lines and dots -- Interlude 2. Logic and language -- Expecting the improbable -- Lies, damned lies, and statistics -- Correlation, causation ... confusion and clarity -- Definitional features of science -- Applying scientific habits of mind to Earth's future -- What isn't science -- The triumph of misinformation, the perils of ignorance -- The unfinished cathedral -- Appendix. Practicing scientific habits of mind
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 325 pages
Isbn
9780231168724
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015034152
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • sky278050411
  • (OCoLC)921926663
  • 921144
Label
A survival guide to the misinformation age : scientific habits of mind, David J. Helfand
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Information, misinformation, and our planet's future -- A walk in the park -- What is science? -- A sense of scale -- Interlude 1. Numbers -- Discoveries on the back of an envelope -- Insights in lines and dots -- Interlude 2. Logic and language -- Expecting the improbable -- Lies, damned lies, and statistics -- Correlation, causation ... confusion and clarity -- Definitional features of science -- Applying scientific habits of mind to Earth's future -- What isn't science -- The triumph of misinformation, the perils of ignorance -- The unfinished cathedral -- Appendix. Practicing scientific habits of mind
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 325 pages
Isbn
9780231168724
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015034152
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • sky278050411
  • (OCoLC)921926663
  • 921144

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