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

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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.

Title : Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong
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ISBN : 0465053947
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Jill rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2017

Anyone who relies on intuitive deduction (and there’s a lot about intuitive theories in this book), will instantly surmise that I am related to the author, Andrew Shtulman. That much is true: Andrew and I are cousins (although Andrew might argue that all humankind is composed of cousins, even if...

Ed rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

Interesting, informative, eloquent. A must-read for anyone who values science.

Danny rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2017

I loved this book. It was clear and cogent, entertaining and enlightening. The content is deep, and the writing is lucid. It's a guiding light in our troubled times of science denial.

Evan rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

This book skillfully accomplishes two goals: it shows us how we misunderstand several scientific topics and it shows us the right way to think about those topics. Highly recommended for anyone interested in psychology in particular or science in general.

Dan rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

To be honest, I probably would have given this book 5 stars regardless since this is a topic I've wanted explored in great depth for a long time. Frequently, in the works of great writers on science such as Pinker, Dawkins, Dennett, Tyson, and Krauss, you are briefly told that many of their conce...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

Very good book on how our intuitions about physics and biology get in the way of actually understanding real physics and real biology. It spends a lot of time on our concepts that we develop as children and assume without a good science education and goes a long way in explaining the public misun...

Adam rated it ★★★☆☆

November 13, 2017

Hmmm. Maybe it’s just the way Barry Abrams read the audiobook but it all comes across as high and mighty, science is everything preaching. Shtulman cites numerous studies, including his own, as he warbles on about how silly our intuition is and how important the scientific method is. He makes som...

Beau rated it ★★★☆☆

October 03, 2017

A well-researched, interesting book, but it fails to live up to its thesis and praise. The author simply doesn't concentrate enough on adults and why they "deny science in the teeth of overwhelming evidence," as one reviewer puts it on the back of the book. There is too much emphasis on what chil...

Sophia rated it ★★★★★

December 05, 2017

This book is about research done to uncover how we understand the world before formal instruction, and how those ideas tend to persist (causing a lot of problems). Most of the research centers around children, but as an adult, I still recognize how a few of these still trip me up. There are some...

Shane rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2017

I'd never really thought about why our gut instincts on the way things work in this world are often wrong. But when you consider how many hundreds of years (in many cases) it took scientists and thinkers to arrive at currently accepted answers, it makes sense. If the accepted science was intuitiv...

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