Scientifically Thinking

Scientifically Thinking➮ [Read] ➪ Scientifically Thinking By Stanley Rice ➺ – Shows the many advantages of thinking like a scientist and argues that today's problems reuire a scientific approachYou don't have to be a scientist to think like a scientist Anyone can do it and ever Shows the many advantages of thinking like a scientist and argues that today's problems reuire a scientific approachYou don't have to be a scientist to think like a scientist Anyone can do it and everyone should This book will show you how The advantages are many from detecting bias to avoiding error and appreciating the richness of the world Author Stanley Rice himself a scientist explains that science is essentially organized common sense While the brain is hardwired for common sense unfortunately it also relies on a number of misleading tendencies Instead of reasoning objectively it tends to rationalize Often it sees what it wants to see rather than what is really there And it is adept at both self deception and deceiving others Rice notes that these tendencies were useful in the past as the human race evolved in an often hostile environment But today bias and delusions put us at risk of worldwide catastropheThe author invites readers to participate in the adventure of scientific discovery He provides many interesting and humorous examples of how science works He shows how hypothesis testing can be used to tackle everyday problems like car trouble or seeing through the specious appeal of a fad diet Beyond practical applications science meets the basic human need to satisfy curiosity it tells verifiable stories about the universe providing humans with fascinating narratives supported by testable facts The author also explores some of science's biggest ideas including natural selection creating order out of randomness and interconnectedness Earth's systems are intricately intertwined      read this book and learn to think like a scientist It will guard you against being manipulated by politicians corporations and religious leaders and euip you to deal with the world's most pressing problems And you will have a lot of fun doing it.


Scientifically Thinking PDF Ä Kindle Edition
  • Kindle Edition
  • 272 pages
  • Scientifically Thinking
  • Stanley Rice
  • 06 July 2014

10 thoughts on “Scientifically Thinking

  1. Robert Reese says:

    I read this book last year and decided to review it a year later So I apologize that I can not uote the author I will instead offer a reflection on his main thesis and of his methods as this book has taught me some lessons The first lesson Just because the title offers the suggestive adverb scientifically in the title doesn’t mean the authors got or is prepared to communicate a solid foundation on his view of science He uotes Karl Popper’s falsification principal and attempts to apply it to those who would try to disprove global warming The only problem is by his account of global warming which he is presuming to be true this is called a presupposition he refutes Popper’s own principal by denouncing those who would try to falsify global warming In one sentence he says that for a scientific theory to be true it must be falsifiable and in the next he says but you’d better not falsify global warming because we all know it is trueThe rest of the title thinking would suggest he’s got something to say in the area commonly referred to as epistemology But the sort of “thinking” he’s suggested is not much than common logic what Kuhn would consider ‘normal science’ that of an individual scientist testing his or her own hypothesis This is all fine I’m all about problem solving I would just personally hesitate to call it “scientific”The second lesson leads from the first in the authors suggestion that a scientific way of thinking can do a lot to solve many of the worlds problems One issue with this is discussed above a cursory understanding of science and each individual scientist seems hardly euipped to have any global impact on anything at all It seems to me that to have any impact the author would need to address the institutions of science not individual people merely thinking like scientists And second from a historical perspective one would have to assume the author knows little about the history of science or of the modern western industrialized complex In my view it’s much easier to argue that “science” and it’s twin sibling “industrialization” has caused problems than it has solved Say for example such a thing as man made global warming If science has shown unable to fix problems why is it now that a scientific mindset is going to begin something revolutionary In other words is science going to fix science The uestion a person has to ask his or her self upon reading any non fiction work is whether the author has made a compelling case I think not but you can decide for yourself if you decide read this book Happy reading

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