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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel J. Levitin Narrator: Dan Piraro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781524702533
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From The New York Times bestselling author of THE ORGANIZED MIND and THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever.

We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.

It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories—statistical infomation and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning—not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. Levitin's charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren't so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Levitin lays out the many ways in which each of us can be fooled and misled by numbers and logic, as well as the modes of critical thinking we will need to overcome this.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An entertaining, user-friendly primer on evaluating data wisely.”

    Washington Independent Review of Books

  • "[A] book you may want to have close by at all times.”

    Success magazine

  • “Entertaining and filled with helpful hints…a valuable tool for navigating the daily data onslaught.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Serves as a kind of Strunk & White for sloppy thinkers.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Narrator Dan Piraro smoothly delivers Levitin’s accessible advice on how to sort things out by interpreting statistical data, identifying reliable sources, and distinguishing between faux facts and the truth…In the book’s strongest segment. Piraro modifies his delivery to match the content, slowing the pace during the sections with hard-to-retain formulas and equations, and periodically providing vocal surprises—including a convincing interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.”


  • Winner of a Hudson Booksellers Best Book Award in 2016 for Business
  • Winner of the 2016 Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction
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About the Author
Author Daniel J. Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD,is dean of social sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and a faculty member at the Center for Executive Education in the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies.

About the Narrator

Dan Piraro is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.