Think Smart. Talk Smart: How Scientists Think: A Guide to Effective Communication

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Allan Laurence Brooks. Think Smart. Talk Smart: How Scientists Think: A Guide to Effective Communication. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2011.

This book argues that individuals who learn how scientists collect evidence, evaluate facts, and draw conclusions can, by applying such knowledge, improve their own thought processes and become better problem solvers. It also presents important theories and ways of thinking from scientists and scholars such as Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Alfred Korzybski, Marshall McLuhan, and lots of others.

Think Smart, Talk Smart is divided into four parts. Part I, "Outputs," discusses topics like the pitfalls of stereotyping, either-or thinking, and inadequate generalizations. Part II, "Inputs," examines perceptions, misperceptions, and the cultural and structural aspects of language that can affect our frame of reference and the evaluations we make. Part III, "The Four A's," looks at Aristotle, Authoritarianism, Abstractions, and Absolutes. Part IV, "A Supplement," explores how certain statistical tools can improve a person's reasoning ability and concludes with an epilogue. …


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