This brief, inexpensive text helps the reader to think critically, using examples from the weird claims and beliefs that abound in our culture to demonstrate the sound evaluation of any claim. The authors focus on types of logical arguments and proofs, making "How to Think about Weird Things" a versatile supplement for logic, critical thinking, philosophy of science, or any other science appreciation courses.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction: Close Encounters with the Strange 2. The Possibility of the Impossible 3. Arguments Good, Bad and Weird 4. Knowledge, Belief, and Evidence 5. Looking for Truth in Personal Experience 6. Science and Its Pretenders 7. Case Studies in the Extraordinary 8. Relativism, Truth, and Reality