No Surprise, Really: Oprah Backs Bad Medicine

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Wandapec (June 15, 2009, 14:00:50 PM):
They are James W. Lett’s A Field Guide to Critical Thinking and WA Skeptics’ Crash Course in Critical Thinking.

Thanks for these links. It is alway to read through stuff like this to remind yourself. This is also a good read from Haskins - A practical quide to critical thinking. Also Teaching Critical Thinking by Robert Carroll.
Fluxosaurus (August 25, 2009, 20:20:27 PM):
Thanks for the resources - great exposition on tools for everyday use.

Oprah may be intellectually dishonest (more likely misguided in my opinion) but she seems to be socially intelligent in the sense that her audience, the people who watch her show and buy the cr@p her advertisers are selling, are not scientists and are unlikely to be advanced and experienced critical thinkers - with this in mind, she is catering to their level and their needs / wants.

In no way am I suggesting that we be Oprah apologists - her show is what it is - and I think the incredulity shown about her audience stopping to evaluate her specific push for a product or position on an issue by doing their own research is quite justified. Her show represents the comfort and intellectual laziness that comes from following the method of authority process of determining your own choices - harmless, I think not
Mefiante (October 28, 2009, 10:29:05 AM):
MMR vaccine cleared again.



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