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

Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About The World Are So Often Wrong

byAndrew Shtulman

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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"A fascinating, empathetic book" --Wall Street Journal

Humans are born to create theories about the world--unfortunately, we're usually wrong and bad theories keep us from understanding science 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.

About The Author

Andrew Shtulman is an associate professor of psychology and cognitive science at Occidental, where he directs the Thinking Lab. His work has been featured in Scientific American, CBS News, and the New Yorker. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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Title:Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About The World Are So Often WrongFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465053947

ISBN - 13:9780465053940

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"At last, a fantastic book for the general reader on what intuitive theories are and why they are so important to our daily lives. Shtulman explains why we are all vulnerable to intuitive misconceptions, the potential harm intuitions can wreak, and why we should all follow Carl Sagan's advice, 'I try not to think with my gut.'"-Bruce Hood, author of The Self Illusion and founder of Speakezee.org