A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

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The Skeptic's Dictionary Newsletter

Volume 12 No. 11

November 2013

"...intelligence ... is in plentiful supply ... the scarce commodity is systematic training in critical thinking." --Carl Sagan

What's New?

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and what you can do about them is now available as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo for $3.99. Amazon provides a significant "look inside," so rather than describe the contents of the book I suggest that those interested use the link provided.

You don't need a Kindle to enjoy a Kindle book. Free apps available from Amazon will let you read a Kindle book on your Mac, iPad, Windows PC, iPhone, Android, Windows phone 7, or Blackberry.

The paperback edition is 348 pages and is availble for $16.18 plus shipping from Lulu.

The audiobook, narrated by Kristen James, is available from Audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com. For a free mp3 sample, click here.

cover page Critical Thinker's DictionaryThe Critical Thinker's Dictionary, like The Skeptic's Dictionary, is a dictionary with an attitude. Rather than present dry, impersonal definitions of terms (from ad hoc to wishful thinking), I've written short articles on dozens of topics relevant to critical thinking, cognitive biases and illusions, and logical fallacies. Examples are taken from the usual suspects--religion, the paranormal, pseudoscience, spirit science, alternative medicine--as well as from politics, economics, science, and medicine. The Critical Thinker's Dictionary is based on my blog "Unnatural Acts That Can Improve Your Thinking," which I ran for about a year as a follow-up to my last book Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed!

For info on other books by Robert T. Carroll, click here.
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