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Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037150

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037150.001.0001

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Formal Analyses and Critical Thinking

Formal Analyses and Critical Thinking

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Building the Intentional University

John Levitt

Richard Holman

Rena Levitt

Eric Bonabeau

The MIT Press

What treatments should be used for prostate cancer? How likely are people to vote Democratic or Republican in the next U.S. presidential election? How should scarce resources be deployed to help feed the world? These are just a few of the questions that various segments of the populace face daily. Yet, most of us are unable to analyse the available data pertaining to these and other questions in a logical or quantitative fashion in order to make informed decisions. These issues shape how and what we teach in Formal Analyses. An engaged citizenry needs tools such as an understanding of how to identify and unravel logical fallacies, how statistics can both clarify and obfuscate issues and how tools such as risk analysis and game theory can aid in decision making. Our Formal Analyses course arms students with techniques such as logical thinking, formal representation of problems, algorithms and simulations, probability and statistics, and tools for effective decision-making to create discerning consumers of information.

Keywords:   Heuristics, inferential statistics, decision making, logical analysis, algorithms

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