About the Author xi Acknowledgments xii Introduction: What are You to Believe? 1 Part One Why We So Easily Believe Bad Science Chapter 1 Why Smart People Believe Dumb Things 31 Chapter 2 Science and Belief: A Nervous Romance 57 Chapter 3 What Scientists Call Good Science 81 Chapter 4 How to Use Science 107 Part Two The Shortcut Solution Chapter 5 Step One: Strip It and Flip It 135 Chapter 6 Step Two: Trace It 167 Chapter 7 Step Three: Analyze It 183 Chapter 8 Step Four: Should I Do It? 207 Endnotes 223 Name Index 237 Subject Index 243
Daniel T. Willingham is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His bestselling book, Why Don't Students Like School?, was hailed as "a triumph" by The Washington Post and "brilliant analysis" by The Wall Street Journal; it is recommended by scores of education-related magazines and blogs and is published in ten languages. Willingham writes a regular column called "Ask the Cognitive Scientist" for the American Federation of Teachers' magazine, American Educator.
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