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The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)
For a class project, 11th grade physics students Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA) created a one-page infographic inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills. The booklet includes suggestions on what questions to ask, what traps to avoid, specific examples of how the scientific method is used to test pseudoscience and paranormal claims, and a how-to guide for developing a class in critical thinking.

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Skeptic » The Magazine » Volume 21 Number 4 Table of Contents

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English: Science icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the Table of Contents for Skeptic magazine, volume 21, number 4 (2016). Skeptic magazine is a leading international publication in the realm of skeptical inquiry which examines extraordinary claims and revolutionary ideas, promotes critical thinking, and serves as an educational tool for those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint. Each issue examines a specific theme and explores various social, scientific, and paranormal controversies. We investigate claims of the paranormal, pseudoscience, fringe groups, cults and claims between: science, pseudoscience, junk science, voodoo science, pathological science, bad science, non science and plain old nonsense.

Source: Skeptic » The Magazine » Volume 21 Number 4 Table of Contents

Critical/creative thinking

Critical Condition
Replacing Critical Thinking with Creativity
By Patrick Finn
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Apr 21st 2015.
Critical Condition by Patrick Finn Should we stop teaching critical thinking? Meant as a prompt to further discussion, Critical Condition questions the assumption that every student should be turned into a “critical thinker.” Two public events have caught my attention (along with millions of other citizens in several countries) this week. One, here in Canada, our Parliament is debating a bill to authorize more spying and additional powers for police to protect us from terrorists. The down side, of course, is a serious reduction of civil liberties. Two, the President of the United States has just announced a framework
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And for a recent discussion of Patrick Finn’s ideas listen to this CBC program.

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Journal on line

 

Dear Colleagues,
 
We would like to bring a newly published special issue on the topic of
Process of perception, approach and framework ...
Process of perception, approach and framework of perception (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
the Theory-Ladenness of Perception/Observation to your attention.
 
Theory-Ladenness of Perception/Observation Special Issue
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 83-214.
Edited by Ioannis Votsis, Michela Tacca and Gerhard Schurz
http://link.springer.com/journal/10838/46/1/page/1
 
Contributions by:
William F. Brewer
Allan Franklin
Ellen R. Fridland
Martin Kusch
Robert N. McCauley
Athanassios Raftopoulos
Eva Schmidt
Gerhard Schurz
 
Major themes explored include: the cognitive (im-/)penetrability of 
perception, cognition and skills, designing psychological experiments 
that test for theory-ladenness, ostensive learning, the 
incommensurability thesis, the theory-ladenness of experiments, 
constructive empiricism, observability and scientific instruments, 
maturationally natural cognition and non-conceptual content.
 
Table of Contents:
  		
‘Theory-Ladenness Special Issue: Introduction’
Pages 83-86
Ioannis Votsis, Michela Tacca and Gerhard Schurz
 
‘The Cognitive Impenetrability of Perception and Theory-Ladenness’
Pages 87-103
Athanassios Raftopoulos
 
‘Skill, Nonpropositional Thought, and the Cognitive Penetrability of 
Perception’
Pages 105-120
Ellen R. Fridland
 
‘Perception is Theory Laden: The Naturalized Evidence and Philosophical 
Implications’
Pages 121-138
William F. Brewer
 
‘Ostensive Learnability as a Test Criterion for Theory-Neutral 
Observation Concepts’
Pages 139-153
Gerhard Schurz
 
‘The Theory-Ladenness of Experiment’
Pages 155-166
Allan Franklin
 
‘Microscopes and the Theory-Ladenness of Experience in Bas van 
Fraassen’s Recent Work’
Pages 167-182
Martin Kusch
 
‘Maturationally Natural Cognition, Radically Counter-Intuitive Science, 
and the Theory-Ladenness of Perception’
Pages 183-199
Robert N. McCauley
 

‘Does Perceptual Content Have to Be Objective? A Defence of
English: Plato's idea of perception
English: Plato’s idea of perception (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nonconceptualism’
Pages 201-214
Eva Schmidt

Critical or creative (or both)

Critical Condition: Replacing Critical Thinking with CreativityFinn
By Patrick Finn

 
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Apr 21st 2015.

 
Should we stop teaching critical thinking? Meant as a prompt to further discussion, Critical Condition questions the assumption that every student should be turned into a “critical thinker.”

Two public events have caught my attention (along with millions of other citizens in several countries) this week. One, here in Canada, our Parliament is debating a bill to authorize more spying and additional powers for police to protect us from terrorists. The down side, of course, is a serious reduction of civil liberties. Two, the President of the United States has just announced a framework for a negotiated nuclear settlement with Iran to protect us from nuclear holocaust.
Click here to read the full review!

THE REASONER

Latest Issue

The Reasoner Volume 9, Number 4 – April 2015 – acrobat

Editorial – Jason Konek
Interview with Richard Pettigrew – Jason Konek
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Critical Thinking Instruction, 25–27 February – Frank Zenker
Uncertain Reasoning – Hykel Hosni
Evidence-based medicine – Michael Wilde

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English: Dr. Harriet Hall receives an award for her work in skepticism/critical thinking from the IIG West. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)