The irrational Ape : why flawed logic puts us all at risk, and how critical thinking can save the world

The irrational Ape : why flawed logic puts us all at risk, and how critical thinking can save the world
Grimes, David Robert
  • Item Type: Book - 160 GRIM
  • Published: 2019
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It may seem a big claim, but knowing how to think clearly and critically has literally helped save the world. In September 1983, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union's early warning system showed five US missiles heading towards the country. Stanislaw Petrov knew his duty: he was to inform Moscow that nuclear war had begun, so that they could launch an immediate and devastating response. Instead, he made a call to say the system was faulty. He'd assessed the situation and reasoned that an error was more likely than such a limited attack. We may not have to save the planet from nuclear annihilation, of course, but our ability to think critically has never been more important. In a world where fake news, mistrust of experts, prejudice and ignorance all too often hold sway, we can all too easily be misled over issues such as vaccinations, climate change or conspiracy theories. We live in an era where access to all the knowledge in the world is at our fingertips, yet that also means misinformation and falsehoods can spread further and faster than ever before.

Related Subjects

Critical thinking.
Logic.
Civilization.

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ISBN:

9781471178269 (paperback)

Personal Author:

Grimes, David Robert,

Title:

The irrational Ape : why flawed logic puts us all at risk, and how critical thinking can save the world / David Robert Grimes.

Publication Info:

London : Simon&Schuster, 2019.

Publication Info:

©2019

Physical description:

388 pages ; 24 cm.

Content Type:

text

Media Type:

unmediated

Carrier Type:

volume

Subject term:

Critical thinking.

Subject term:

Logic.

Subject term:

Civilization.

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