Friday, March 10, 2017

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin

In this information age, we are constantly bombarded with information. It is becoming difficult to tell the difference between spin, misinformation, and outright lies. Levitin attempts to level the playing field with his field guide, which is spit into two areas - statistical information and faulty arguments. He uses science to provide readers with the tools to better understand the information they are provided and to make their way through the sea of information.

Daniel Levitin walks the reader through the wild landscape of statistics, probability, science, and logic to arm people today with the tools needed to wade through the information overload of today. While this sounds like a weighty topic, Levitin breaks down these topics into concepts anyone can understand. He arms his readers with the tools to better seek out biased or faulty tables and charts, using scientific theories to make better decisions in everyday life, and identifying alternative facts. This is a handy guide to today's sea of information and a must read for all.

You can find A Field Guide to Lies by Daniel J. Levitin on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed A Field Guide to Lies, you may want to try Good Thinking by Guy P. Harrison or Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil.

 Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, NASA's Scientific and Technical Information Program

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