Just when you thought your mind was properly organized, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin pops up with other ideas. In his new book A Field Guide to Lies, Critical Thinking in the Information Age, he extends his theory about thinking straight in an age of information overload.
Publishers Penguin Random House identify Levitin’s new work as “a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever as we are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process”.
Levitin shows how to recognize misleading statistics, graphs and written reports, confirming science as the bedrock of critical thinking. Bias, he writes, distorts our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. This means checking plausibility and reasoning, not passively accepting information, repeating it and making decisions based upon it.
Levitin’s accessible writing style, his engaging personality and entertaining delivery gives uninformed readers and researchers alike easy access to new and challenging ideas.
Daniel J. Levitin, one of the world’s most accessible neuroscientists, is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University. His publications include The World in Six Songs, This is your Brain on Music and his New York Times bestseller The Organized Mind.
Levitin’s latest 14-stop US tour that coincides with his book launch on September 6 began in New York. Full details of his tour and his titles can be found here.
— Guest blogger John Bailey was for many years one of London’s best known journalists and spent most of his career in what was Fleet Street. He is an avid bibliophile and record collector, champion advocate for press freedom, and a student of history whose guided tours of London are known to and fondly recalled by exhausted walkers on all five continents.