They Laughed at Galileo

They Laughed at Galileo
Author: Albert Jack
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-05-07
ISBN: 1472116712
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

They Laughed at Galileo Book Excerpt:

From the wireless to the computer, and from hula hoops to interplanetary travel, inventions and discoveries have changed our lifestyles in ways that would have astounded our ancestors. Each of them was originally developed by visionaries who dreamt of the seemingly impossible, but who were opposed by an array of experts publicly declaring that ‘It cannot be done.’ Well, yes it could . . . And here's the story of how those dreamers overcame the odds against them.

Bad Arguments

Bad Arguments
Author: Robert Arp,Steven Barbone,Michael Bruce
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2018-09-28
ISBN: 1119165806
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bad Arguments Book Excerpt:

A timely and accessible guide to 100 of the most infamous logical fallacies in Western philosophy, helping readers avoid and detect false assumptions and faulty reasoning You’ll love this book or you’ll hate it. So, you’re either with us or against us. And if you’re against us then you hate books. No true intellectual would hate this book. Ever decide to avoid a restaurant because of one bad meal? Choose a product because a celebrity endorsed it? Or ignore what a politician says because she’s not a member of your party? For as long as people have been discussing, conversing, persuading, advocating, proselytizing, pontificating, or otherwise stating their case, their arguments have been vulnerable to false assumptions and faulty reasoning. Drawing upon a long history of logical falsehoods and philosophical flubs, Bad Arguments demonstrates how misguided arguments come to be, and what we can do to detect them in the rhetoric of others and avoid using them ourselves. Fallacies—or conclusions that don’t follow from their premise—are at the root of most bad arguments, but it can be easy to stumble into a fallacy without realizing it. In this clear and concise guide to good arguments gone bad, Robert Arp, Steven Barbone, and Michael Bruce take readers through 100 of the most infamous fallacies in Western philosophy, identifying the most common missteps, pitfalls, and dead-ends of arguments gone awry. Whether an instance of sunk costs, is ought, affirming the consequent, moving the goal post, begging the question, or the ever-popular slippery slope, each fallacy engages with examples drawn from contemporary politics, economics, media, and popular culture. Further diagrams and tables supplement entries and contextualize common errors in logical reasoning. At a time in our world when it is crucial to be able to identify and challenge rhetorical half-truths, this bookhelps readers to better understand flawed argumentation and develop logical literacy. Unrivaled in its breadth of coverage and a worthy companion to its sister volume Just the Arguments (2011), Bad Arguments is an essential tool for undergraduate students and general readers looking to hone their critical thinking and rhetorical skills.

Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture Volume 7 2013

Interpreter  A Journal of Mormon Scripture  Volume 7  2013
Author: The Interpreter Foundation
Publsiher: The Interpreter Foundation
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2013-12-19
ISBN: 149449857X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture Volume 7 2013 Book Excerpt:

This is volume 7 (2013) of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published by The Interpreter Foundation. It contains articles on a variety of topics including a transcript of a talk by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, an essay on morality and freedom, a book review of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, a description of the original text of the Book of Mormon and its publication, a book review of The Mother of the Lord, a book review of Deconstructing Mormonism, a book review of Passing the Heavenly Gift, and an analysis of the arguments alleging The Late War as a source for the Book of Mormon text.

Debunk It Fake News Edition

Debunk It  Fake News Edition
Author: John Grant
Publsiher: Zest Books ™
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN: 1541578686
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Debunk It Fake News Edition Book Excerpt:

We live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures, including politicians, religious leaders, broadcasters, and, of course, apps and websites. In this second edition, author John Grant uses ripped-from-the-headlines examples to clearly explain how to identify bad evidence and poor arguments. He also points out the rhetorical tricks people use when attempting to pull the wool over our eyes, and offers advice about how to take these unscrupulous pundits down. Updated to include a chapter on fake news, Debunk It serves as a guide to critical thinking for young readers looking to find some clarity in a confusing world.

Debunk It

Debunk It
Author: John Grant
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2015-02-24
ISBN: 1936976684
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Debunk It Book Excerpt:

Uses modern headline examples to explain how to identify bad evidence and poor arguments, summarizing the rhetorical tricks people use to sway public opinion in a range of fields.

They Laughed at Galileo

They Laughed at Galileo
Author: Albert Jack
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021
ISBN: 9781386694632
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

They Laughed at Galileo Book Excerpt:

From the bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants, Pop Goes the Weasel and What Caesar did for My Salad.A humorous account of great inventors and their critics who predicted failure. They Laughed at Galileo takes a humorous and reflective look at one thousand years of the development of humankind: those who dreamt, those who taught, those who opposed, and those who, ultimately, did. At some point in modern history, each and every one of our inventions and discoveries was first envisioned and then developed by a single person, or a handful of people, who dreamt of the seemingly impossible. For them, the future was clear and obvious, but for the vast majority, including the acknowledged experts of their days, such belief was sheer folly. For just about everything that has improved our modern lifestyles in a way that our ancestors could not possibly imagine, there was once a lone dreamer proclaiming, "It can be done." That dreamer was nearly always opposed by a team of "enlightened" contemporaries publicly declaring, "It cannot be done." Well, yes it could. Marconi's wireless radio transmissions were initially deemed pointless. Edward L. Drake's eventual success on August 27, 1859, was called the day "the crazy man first struck oil." Louis Pasteur's theory of germs was considered a "ridiculous fiction." Each of these inventions has had a profound effect on the course of human history, and each one was rejected, resisted, and ridiculed in its day. Ultimately, the innovators who brought these into existence provided invaluable contributions to science and the culture of humankind. Albert Jack has become something of a publishing phenomenon, clocking up millions of sales with his series of best selling adventures tracing the fantastic stories behind everyday phrases (Red Herrings and White Elephants), pub history (The Old Dog and Duck), food history (What Caesar did for My Salad) and nursery rhymes (Pop Goes the Weasel).

Drawing Out Leviathan

Drawing Out Leviathan
Author: Keith M. Parsons
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2001-10-01
ISBN: 025310842X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Drawing Out Leviathan Book Excerpt:

"... are dinosaurs social constructs? Do we really know anything about dinosaurs? Might not all of our beliefs about dinosaurs merely be figments of the paleontological imagination? A few years ago such questions would have seemed preposterous, even nonsensical. Now they must have a serious answer." At stake in the "Science Wars" that have raged in academe and in the media is nothing less than the standing of science in our culture. One side argues that science is a "social construct," that it does not discover facts about the world, but rather constructs artifacts disguised as objective truths. This view threatens the authority of science and rejects science's claims to objectivity, rationality, and disinterested inquiry. Drawing Out Leviathan examines this argument in the light of some major debates about dinosaurs: the case of the wrong-headed dinosaur, the dinosaur "heresies" of the 1970s, and the debate over the extinction of dinosaurs. Keith Parsons claims that these debates, though lively and sometimes rancorous, show that evidence and logic, not arbitrary "rules of the game," remained vitally important, even when the debates were at their nastiest. They show science to be a complex set of activities, pervaded by social influences, and not easily reducible to any stereotype. Parsons acknowledges that there are lessons to be learned by scientists from their would-be adversaries, and the book concludes with some recommendations for ending the Science Wars.

KRONOS Visions of Color and Time

KRONOS Visions of Color and Time
Author: Jerry D. Glass
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2010-06-11
ISBN: 145202037X
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

KRONOS Visions of Color and Time Book Excerpt:

Jerry D. Glass was quite young when he wrote the poems in this book. He began writing at age 15 and by age 19 he had completed over 160 poems. Jerry wrote these poems with your mind in mind. They will take you on a mystical journey through color and time to places far away, through strange doorways to somewhere familiar yet strange. Watch time stand still, see the wind disappear as you slip into another world beyond the door. Experience the mystery and wonder as you journey through this collection of poems.

The Leadership Question

The Leadership Question
Author: Bob Hogarth,Paul Francis
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-03
ISBN: 1922327379
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Leadership Question Book Excerpt:

CROSSTALK Interviews Conducted by David Langford

CROSSTALK  Interviews Conducted by David Langford
Author: David Langford
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2015-07-29
ISBN: 1326299824
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

CROSSTALK Interviews Conducted by David Langford Book Excerpt:

Fifteen interviews in which David Langford -- winner of 29 Hugo Awards -- questions other science fiction and fantasy notables: Stephen Baxter, Kristen Britain, John Clute and John Grant, John Clute solo, George Hay, Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett with Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, Terry Pratchett solo (twice), Christopher Priest, Alastair Reynolds, John Sladek, Bob Shaw, Kevin Smith, and Ian Watson. CROSSTALK collects all these conversations for the first time in book form.

Elleander Morning

Elleander Morning
Author: Jerry Yulsman
Publsiher: Courier Dover Publications
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-11-24
ISBN: 0486809196
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Elleander Morning Book Excerpt:

A dying woman, given a second chance to relive her life, travels back in time. Her goal: the execution of an obscure Viennese artist named Adolf Hitler. Two generations later, the assassin's granddaughter is mystified to discover a book relating the history of World War II ― the chronicle of a conflict that never took place. Elleander Morning spans eight decades of the twentieth century, tracing two different timelines from two very different worlds and raising thought-provoking questions along the way. Part detective story, part thriller, and part romance, this alternative history won the 1986 Ditmar Award for best international fiction and the 1987 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis. This edition features a new Introduction by Gavriel Rosenfeld, an expert on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Business Secrets from the Stars

Business Secrets from the Stars
Author: David Dvorkin
Publsiher: Wildside Press LLC
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2004-06-01
ISBN: 1592246060
Category: Authors
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Business Secrets from the Stars Book Excerpt:

Dopey presidents, scary televangelists, dangerously ambitious politicians, cute little monkeys, sinister old men with long, sharp teeth, and in the middle of it all, Malcolm Erskine, mostly innocent writer, who thought he had such a clever idea. Malcolm has never had a real success. No one has read his novels. Nowadays, no one even wants to publish them. But bookstores are full of New Age woo woo and absurd self-help books, especially business self-help books. Why not combine the two? Now he's changed the world, and not for the better.

Heroes and Philosophy

Heroes and Philosophy
Author: David K. Johnson
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-07-23
ISBN: 9780470730393
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heroes and Philosophy Book Excerpt:

The first unauthorized look at the philosophy behind Heroes, one of TV's most popular shows When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new power for good or for evil. Every episode of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes is a philosophical quandary. Heroes and Philosophy is the first book to analyze how philosophy makes this show so compelling. It lets you examine questions crucial to our existence as thinking, rational beings. Is the Company evil, or good? Does Hiro really have a destiny? Do we? Is it okay to lie in order to hide your powers or save the world? Heroes and Philosophy offers answers to these and other intriguing questions. Brings the insight of history's philosophical heavyweights such as Plato and Nietzche to Heroes characters and settings Adds a fun and fascinating dimension to your understanding of the show Expands your thinking about Heroes as the series expands from graphic and text novels to action figures and a video game Whether you're new to Heroes or have been a fan since day one, this book will take your enjoyment of the show to the next level.

The Fully Authorised History of I m Sorry I Haven t A Clue

The Fully Authorised History of I m Sorry I Haven t A Clue
Author: Jem Roberts
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2010-09-02
ISBN: 1407087800
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fully Authorised History of I m Sorry I Haven t A Clue Book Excerpt:

'It's a great missing piece of the jigsaw - people go on endlessly about Python and Peter Cook, which is all well and good but there's basically this great corpus of work stretching for decades - and consistently good ... A major piece of work, and universally loved.' So says John Lloyd, brains behind Blackadder, QI, Spitting Image, and so much besides - all shows with a massive debt to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Together they form a body of work stretching across five decades, from Cambridge in 1960 to today's world-beating Antidote to Panel Games, a laughter-bringer which has inspired unparalleled adoration in millions over fifty series. This book tells the whole story, from Footlights to Broadway to the ferret-filled madness of Radio Prune - comedy's answer to the rock & roll revolution of the sixties. Offering an exhaustive guide to the comedy world that brought us Mornington Crescent, besides episode guides, glossaries and rare facsimiles, Jem Roberts will take the story right up to the present day, celebrating the lives of Willie Rushton, Sir David Hatch and of course, the irreplaceable Humphrey Lyttelton. With exclusive input from the Teams, plus Bill Oddie, Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey, Neil Innes and many more, this is the long-overdue authoritative, entertaining and, above all, very silly lasting celebration of an unsung comic legacy that both shows so richly deserve.

Storm in Physics

Storm in Physics
Author: Ricardo L. Carezani
Publsiher: SAA
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2005-07-30
ISBN: 9780966553345
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Storm in Physics Book Excerpt:

Keep The Giraffe Burning

Keep The Giraffe Burning
Author: John Sladek
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-09-29
ISBN: 0575110627
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Keep The Giraffe Burning Book Excerpt:

John Sladek wrote some of the best science fiction stories of the 20th-century and his parodies of famous s/f authors are uproariously "right-on". His talent went under-appreciated except by a few devoted followers, even though his satirical writing was on a par with the early Kurt Vonnegut. Keep The Giraffe Burning is Sladek's second short story collection (of four published during his life-time) and contains seventeen stories originally published in (mostly) various SF magazines between 1968 and 1975.

Critical Thinking in Psychology Separating Sense from Nonsense

Critical Thinking in Psychology  Separating Sense from Nonsense
Author: John Ruscio
Publsiher: Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-11-19
ISBN: 0357939417
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Critical Thinking in Psychology Separating Sense from Nonsense Book Excerpt:

Do you have the tools to distinguish between the true science of human thought and behavior from pop psychology? John Ruscio's book provides a tangible and compelling framework for making that distinction. Because we are inundated with scientific claims, the author does not merely differentiate science and pseudoscience, but goes further to teach the fundamentals of scientific reasoning upon which you can base your evaluation of information. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

When Can You Trust the Experts

When Can You Trust the Experts
Author: Daniel T. Willingham
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-06-20
ISBN: 1118233271
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Can You Trust the Experts Book Excerpt:

Clear, easy principles to spot what's nonsense and what's reliable Each year, teachers, administrators, and parents face a barrage of new education software, games, workbooks, and professional development programs purporting to be "based on the latest research." While some of these products are rooted in solid science, the research behind many others is grossly exaggerated. This new book, written by a top thought leader, helps everyday teachers, administrators, and family members—who don't have years of statistics courses under their belts—separate the wheat from the chaff and determine which new educational approaches are scientifically supported and worth adopting. Author's first book, Why Don't Students Like School?, catapulted him to superstar status in the field of education Willingham's work has been hailed as "brilliant analysis" by The Wall Street Journal and "a triumph" by The Washington Post Author blogs for The Washington Post and Brittanica.com, and writes a column for American Educator In this insightful book, thought leader and bestselling author Dan Willingham offers an easy, reliable way to discern which programs are scientifically supported and which are the equivalent of "educational snake oil."

Philosophy of Pseudoscience

Philosophy of Pseudoscience
Author: Massimo Pigliucci,Maarten Boudry
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2013-08-16
ISBN: 022605182X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Pseudoscience Book Excerpt:

What sets the practice of rigorously tested, sound science apart from pseudoscience? In this volume, the contributors seek to answer this question, known to philosophers of science as “the demarcation problem.” This issue has a long history in philosophy, stretching as far back as the early twentieth century and the work of Karl Popper. But by the late 1980s, scholars in the field began to treat the demarcation problem as impossible to solve and futile to ponder. However, the essays that Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry have assembled in this volume make a rousing case for the unequivocal importance of reflecting on the separation between pseudoscience and sound science. Moreover, the demarcation problem is not a purely theoretical dilemma of mere academic interest: it affects parents’ decisions to vaccinate children and governments’ willingness to adopt policies that prevent climate change. Pseudoscience often mimics science, using the superficial language and trappings of actual scientific research to seem more respectable. Even a well-informed public can be taken in by such questionable theories dressed up as science. Pseudoscientific beliefs compete with sound science on the health pages of newspapers for media coverage and in laboratories for research funding. Now more than ever the ability to separate genuine scientific findings from spurious ones is vital, and The Philosophy of Pseudoscience provides ground for philosophers, sociologists, historians, and laypeople to make decisions about what science is or isn’t.

Is That a Fact

Is That a Fact
Author: Joe Schwarcz
Publsiher: ECW Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2014-05-01
ISBN: 1770905286
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is That a Fact Book Excerpt:

The bestselling “quackbuster” and “tireless tub-thumper against pseudoscience” fishes for the facts in a flood of misinformation (Maclean’s). Eat this and live to 100. Don’t, and die. Today, hyperboles dominate the media, which makes parsing science from fiction an arduous task when deciding what to eat, what chemicals to avoid, and what’s best for the environment. In Is That a Fact?, bestselling author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates through the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness. Are GMOs really harmful? Or could they help developing countries? Which “miracle weight-loss foods” gained popularity through exuberant data dredging? Is BPA dangerous or just a victim of unforgiving media hype? Is organic better? Schwarcz questions the reliability and motives of “experts” in this “easy-to-understand yet critical look at what’s fact and what’s plain nonsense. “Takes its readers through the carnival of pseudoscience, the morass of half-truths and, finally, the relatively safe road of reproducible scientific knowledge. This journey is made all the more enjoyable by Dr. Schwarcz’s surgical use of words and his mastery of public writing . . . [He] can always be counted on to write about the chemistry of the world in a way that is both entertaining and educational.” —Cracked Science “Written with a light touch and refreshing humor, this book provides a solid, authoritative starting point for anyone beginning to look at the world with a skeptical eye and a refresher for those further along that path.” —Library Journal