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Rationality - What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Paperback): Steven Pinker Rationality - What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Paperback)
Steven Pinker
R340 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R100 (29%) In stock

In the twenty-first century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that discovered vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, quack cures and conspiracy theorizing?

In Rationality, Pinker rejects the cynical cliché that humans are simply an irrational species - cavemen out of time fatally cursed with biases, fallacies and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives and set the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, he explains, we think in ways that suit the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we have built up over millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, causal inference, and decision-making under uncertainty. These tools are not a standard part of our educational curricula, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book - until now.

Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress. Brimming with insight and humour, Rationality will enlighten, inspire and empower.

Rationality - What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Hardcover): Steven Pinker Rationality - What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Hardcover)
Steven Pinker
R661 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Punchy, funny and invigorating ... Pinker is the high priest of rationalism' Sunday Times 'If you've ever considered taking drugs to make yourself smarter, read Rationality instead. It's cheaper, more entertaining, and more effective' Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind In the twenty-first century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding - and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that discovered vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, quack cures and conspiracy theorizing? In Rationality, Pinker rejects the cynical cliche that humans are simply an irrational species - cavemen out of time fatally cursed with biases, fallacies and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives and set the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, he explains, we think in ways that suit the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we have built up over millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, causal inference, and decision-making under uncertainty. These tools are not a standard part of our educational curricula, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book - until now. Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress. Brimming with insight and humour, Rationality will enlighten, inspire and empower. 'A terrific book, much-needed for our time' Peter Singer

The Art of Reasoning - An Introduction to Logic (Paperback, Fifth Edition): David Kelley, Debby Hutchins The Art of Reasoning - An Introduction to Logic (Paperback, Fifth Edition)
David Kelley, Debby Hutchins
R2,179 R2,064 Discovery Miles 20 640 Save R115 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Informed by co-author Debby Hutchins' extensive teaching experience and research on logic education, The Art of Reasoning is the most effective text for teaching logic today. The Fifth Edition features a new chapter on cognitive biases, along with a new learning framework and newly designed problem sets that encourage incremental learning. Supporting resources are enhanced by InQuizitive, an award-winning adaptive learning tool that facilitates mastery of core concepts.

Self to Self: Selected Essays - Second Edition (Paperback): J. David Velleman Self to Self: Selected Essays - Second Edition (Paperback)
J. David Velleman
R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback): John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback)
John Locke
R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback): John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback)
John Locke
R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding - an Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas .... a Defense of Mr. Locke's... An Essay Concerning Human Understanding - an Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas .... a Defense of Mr. Locke's Opinion Concerning Personal Identity .... a Treatise on the Conduct of the Understanding. Some Thoughts Concerning Reading and Study for a (Paperback)
John Locke
R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback): John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback)
John Locke
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback): John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Paperback)
John Locke
R613 Discovery Miles 6 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A Grammar of Logic and Intellectual Philosophy - on Didactic Principles (Paperback): Alexander Jamieson A Grammar of Logic and Intellectual Philosophy - on Didactic Principles (Paperback)
Alexander Jamieson
R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Review of the Work of Mr. John Stuart Mill Entitled 'Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy'... Review of the Work of Mr. John Stuart Mill Entitled 'Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy' (Paperback)
George Grote
R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Elements of Logic - in Four Books (Paperback): William Duncan The Elements of Logic - in Four Books (Paperback)
William Duncan
R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. to Which Are Now First Added, I. an Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas... An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. to Which Are Now First Added, I. an Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas &C., Incl. Some Extr. from the Author's Works (Paperback)
John Locke
R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Metaphysical Inquiry Into Method, Objects, and Result of Ancient and Modern Philosophy (Paperback): Isaac Preston Cory Metaphysical Inquiry Into Method, Objects, and Result of Ancient and Modern Philosophy (Paperback)
Isaac Preston Cory
R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Christian Prayer and General Laws - Being the Burney Prize Essay for the Year 1873, With an Appendix, the Physical Efficacy of... Christian Prayer and General Laws - Being the Burney Prize Essay for the Year 1873, With an Appendix, the Physical Efficacy of Prayer (Paperback)
George John Romanes
R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive - Being a Connected View of the Principles of Evidence, and the Methods of... A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive - Being a Connected View of the Principles of Evidence, and the Methods of Scientific Investigation (Paperback)
John Stuart Mill
R582 Discovery Miles 5 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Logic - Designed as an Introduction to the Study of Reasoning (Paperback): John Leechman Logic - Designed as an Introduction to the Study of Reasoning (Paperback)
John Leechman
R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Logic, Or, the Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth - With a Variety of Rules to Guard Against Error in the Affairs... Logic, Or, the Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth - With a Variety of Rules to Guard Against Error in the Affairs of Religion and Human Life as Well as in the Sciences (Paperback)
Isaac Watts
R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. to Which Are Now Added, I. Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas &C.... An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. to Which Are Now Added, I. Analysis of Mr. Locke's Doctrine of Ideas &C. (Paperback)
John Locke
R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Observations on the Nature and Tendency of the Doctrine of Mr. Hume in Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding... Observations on the Nature and Tendency of the Doctrine of Mr. Hume in Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding Concerning the Relation of Cause and Effect (Paperback)
Thomas Brown
R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Observations on the Nature of Demonstrative Evidence - With an Explanation of Certain Difficulties Occurring in the Elements of... Observations on the Nature of Demonstrative Evidence - With an Explanation of Certain Difficulties Occurring in the Elements of Geometry, and Reflections on Language (Paperback)
Thomas Beddoes
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Outline of the Necessary Laws of Thought - a Treatise on Pure and Applied Logic (Paperback): William Thomson An Outline of the Necessary Laws of Thought - a Treatise on Pure and Applied Logic (Paperback)
William Thomson
R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind (Paperback): Dugald Stewart Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind (Paperback)
Dugald Stewart
R613 Discovery Miles 6 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding; With Thoughts on the Conduct of the Understanding (Paperback): John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding; With Thoughts on the Conduct of the Understanding (Paperback)
John Locke
R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Elementary Treatise on Logic - Including Pt. I. Analysis of Formulae. Pt. Ii. Method. With an Appendix of Examples for... An Elementary Treatise on Logic - Including Pt. I. Analysis of Formulae. Pt. Ii. Method. With an Appendix of Examples for Analysis and Criticism. and a Copious Index of Terms and Subjects. Designed for Use in Schools and Colleges as Well as for Private Stu (Paperback)
William Dexter Wilson
R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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