Third Millennium Thinking: Creating Sense in a World of Nonsense

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Third Millennium Thinking: Creating Sense in a World of Nonsense

By Saul Perlmutter, John Campbell, and Robert Maccoun

Based on a wildly popular UC Berkeley course, a primer on how to think critically, make sound decisions, and solve problems--individually and collectively--using scientists' tricks of the trade. In our deluge of information, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish the revelatory from the contradictory.

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Publisher: Little, Brown Spark
Publish Date: 03/26/2024
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780316438100
ISBN-10: 0316438103
Language: English

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Based on a wildly popular UC Berkeley course, a primer on how to think critically, make sound decisions, and solve problems--individually and collectively--using scientists' tricks of the trade. In our deluge of information, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish the revelatory from the contradictory. How do we make health decisions in the face of conflicting medical advice? Does that article on GMOs even show what the authors claim? How can we navigate the next Thanksgiving discussion with our in-laws, who follow completely different experts on climate? In Third Millennium Thinking, a physicist, a psychologist, and a philosopher introduce readers to the tools and frameworks that scientists have developed to keep from fooling themselves, to understand the world, and to make decisions. We can all borrow these trust-building techniques to tackle problems both big and small. Readers will learn:
  • How to achieve a ground-level understanding of the facts of the modern world
  • How to chart a course through a profusion of possibilities
  • How to work together to take on the challenges we face today
  • And much more

Using provocative thought exercises, jargon-free language, and vivid illustrations drawn from history, daily life, and scientists' insider stories, Third Millennium Thinking offers a novel approach for readers to make sense of the nonsense.

About the Authors

Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. John Campbell is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. John Campbell is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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