Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong by Andrew Shtulman

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Read Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong Online Free - Humans are born to create theories about the world--unfortunately, they're usually wrong, and keep us from understanding the world as it really is

Why do we catch colds? What causes seasons to change? And if you fire a bullet from a gun and drop one from your hand, which bullet hits the ground first? In a pinch we almost always get these questions wrong. Worse, we regularly misconstrue fundamental qualities of the world around us. In Scienceblind, cognitive and developmental psychologist Andrew Shtulman shows that the root of our misconceptions lies in the theories about the world we develop as children. They're not only wrong, they close our minds to ideas inconsistent with them, making us unable to learn science later in life. So how do we get the world right? We must dismantle our intuitive theories and rebuild our knowledge from its foundations. The reward won't just be a truer picture of the world, but clearer solutions to many controversies-around vaccines, climate change, or evolution-that plague our politics today.

Title : Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong
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ISBN : 0465053947
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Jill rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2017

Anyone who relies on intuitive deduction (and there’s a lot about intuitive theories in this book), will instantly surmise that I am related to the author, Andrew Shtulman. That much is true: Andrew and I are cousins (although Andrew might argue that all humankind is composed of cousins, even if...

Ed rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

Interesting, informative, eloquent. A must-read for anyone who values science.

Danny rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2017

I loved this book. It was clear and cogent, entertaining and enlightening. The content is deep, and the writing is lucid. It's a guiding light in our troubled times of science denial.

Evan rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

This book skillfully accomplishes two goals: it shows us how we misunderstand several scientific topics and it shows us the right way to think about those topics. Highly recommended for anyone interested in psychology in particular or science in general.

Dan rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

To be honest, I probably would have given this book 5 stars regardless since this is a topic I've wanted explored in great depth for a long time. Frequently, in the works of great writers on science such as Pinker, Dawkins, Dennett, Tyson, and Krauss, you are briefly told that many of their conce...

Phil rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2017

A must read for every elementary multi subject teacher! Science and math are the least taught well subjects in elementary school. This one book gives educators the background knowledge and instruction to master these subjects in the classroom. For years there has been emphasis on the need to teach...

Kristen rated it ★★★★☆

September 21, 2017


Ryan rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

A must read for science educators!

Tamara rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2017

Interesting book about the assumptions we carry from our childhood science lessons into adulthood and how often those assumptions are incomplete or just plain wrong. Very eye opening!

Edelhart rated it ★★★☆☆

September 12, 2017

Geeft inzicht in de ontwikkeling van intuïtieve (maar vaak verkeerde) inzichten over de wereld door kinderen, en hoe deze onze percepties als volwassenen beïnvloeden.

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