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The Power of Logical Thinking - by Marilyn Vos Savant (Paperback)

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  • A classic of critical thinking that is now more urgent than ever!
  • About the Author: Marilyn vos Savant's "Ask Marilyn" column is featured in Parade magazine every Sunday.
  • 228 Pages
  • Self Improvement, Personal Growth


About the Book

America has become a society devoid of any clear understanding of the power and logic of numbers. In this book, one of America's most popular columnists offers a classic and enduring work intended to help readers restore the ability to reason, to use logic in everyday life, and to interpret what the numbers really mean.

Book Synopsis

A classic of critical thinking that is now more urgent than ever!

America has become a society devoid of understanding of the power of logic and numbers. All too often, we rely on our intuition or on empty statistics to formulate opinions about ourselves and our world. As a result of inadequate schooling in the art of reasoning, we have become a people unable to make truly logical decisions, intimidated by numbers, and too passive to reverse this disturbing trend.

The Power of Logical Thinking addresses these concerns, illustrating how you can reason better, how numbers are used against you, and how your vote may be affected. Marilyn vos Savant writes, "We can't trust our intuitions, our statisticians, or our politicians. The 1992 presidential campaign is a case in point. Numbers were used, abused, and misused by the candidates as never before in the history of our country. Voters were easily manipulated, setting a precedent for years to come."

Part One of The Power of Logical Thinking explains the most provocative of the counterintuitive problems that Marilyn vos Savant has encountered in recent years, such as the now classic "Monty Hall Dilemma," the improbability of winning the lottery, and much more.

Part Two shows how statistics have quietly become a tool of persuasion instead of education. In addition to exploring puzzles and paradoxes, this sections explains the underlying reasoning to help you answer questions such as which surgery should you choose? What are your odds of having breast cancer? Do drug-testing and AIDS-testing give you yes/no answers?

In Part Three, vos Savant illustrates how our votes are affected, with examples of selective logic, specious reasoning, and outright sophistry collected from the campaigns of the '80s and '90s...techniques that politicians and corporations still use to manipulate voters today.

Review Quotes

"Vos Savant shows us how even the most well educated can be semiliterate in the arts of reasoning and problem solving. . . . Vos Savant's clear, logical approach to convoluted problems is a tonic for anyone who feels queasy around economics, statistics, word problems, or politicians." - Booklist

About the Author

Marilyn vos Savant's "Ask Marilyn" column is featured in Parade magazine every Sunday. She lives in New York City.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.04 Inches (H) x 6.14 Inches (W) x .56 Inches (D)
Weight: .77 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 228
Genre: Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Personal Growth
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL
Theme: General
Format: Paperback
Author: Marilyn Vos Savant
Language: English
Street Date: April 15, 1997
TCIN: 83995556
UPC: 9780312156275
Item Number (DPCI): 247-09-4045
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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