LINKS: Put On Your Thinking Cap

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1963
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1963d

Give your brain a workout with the offerings from Critical Thinking on the Web, a collection of links to sites that promote and teach reasoning and that uncover sloppy and dubious arguments. Gathered by philosopher Tim van Gelder of the University of Melbourne in Australia, the links range from texts and tutorials on critical thinking to catalogs of logical fallacies and exposés of quackery. For instance, one news article explores how we often overestimate the risks of dying from scary diseases such as cancer. Van Gelder also rounds up provocative essays that explore logic or display exemplary reasoning, including selections from English scientific philosopher Francis Bacon and late evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould.

www.philosophy.unimelb.edu.au/reason/critical/index.htm

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