An introduction to critical thinking

An introduction to critical thinking and its relationship to conventional wisdom. While the book attempts to apply critical thinking to systematic issues like how to create scientific discourse on climate change, it also uses it politically to critique the conclusions of many climate deniers and climate denier syndrome membership figures.

“The Psychology of the Climate Denier Syndrome” by David Brin and Vernon Smith, forthcoming. Brin conducts an extensive series of interviews about the psychology of climate change activist Naomi Oreskes and her hypothesis that there is a dark side to climate change deniers once skeptics assess the research. Brin has come under serious fire from climate change deniers who consider him to be a sock puppeteer. In this book, he creates a comprehensive psychological workbook designed to help combat the beliefs and values of climate change deniers. It discusses how to spot those behaviors.

“Firings and Fates: How South Sudan Province Refused Aid, And Why It’s the Voice of Change We Need Most” by Amy Der Smoud. In 2011, the U.S. sent $1.1 billion to a nation hell-bent on war and famine. Three years on, the country is even more wrong in a spate of torture and killings. The former president’s soldiers ousted President Salva Kiir, a longtime ally, rights activists somehow etc. In this book, Der Smoud paints a portrait of what the country looked like in the years before and after the coup that toppled the government. She interviews former president Khartoum, who fled Darfur at the age of 29, and found freedom three years later under President Kiir. Based on a three-part podcast, this female-led book eloquently demolishes denial and the “war on hunger” narrative at large.

“A Less Bad Force: The Truth About the Criminal War in Iraq” by Anastasia Vanzant. What happened from 2003 to 2011, and why it continues. With unprecedented access to government security and intelligence documents as well as court documents connected to both the U.S. Marines as well as in-effect narrating nationally-televised events, Vanzant is quite literally capturing the human drama of Iraq inside a closed-off, kind of SAH investigation minutes after an Afghan Uga Col. survives the Taliban pressure to attack him. Dishonest as this seems from a cover story, most disillusioned readers take her work literally. So good is her style, the book is perfect if you dislike the appeals of extreme-right voices to denounce all war

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