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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.

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Humans are born to create theories about the world—unfortunately, they're usually wrong, and keep us from understanding the world as it really is.

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.

"[A] fascinating, empathetic book. . . . Mr. Shtulman distills some useful ways to improve science education in the classroom and for the adult public." ---Wall Street Journal

"Lucid and methodical." ---Nature

"This timely, important, and well-crafted book by Shtulman voices a convincing and unsettling argument about the persistence of science denial that has even broader implications for the state of public discourse . . . [A] thoughtful analysis." ---Publishers Weekly

"Although this book is thoroughly researched with a wealth of scholarly sources cited, Shtulman reaches a broad audience by investigating topics that everyone can understand." ---Library Journal

Scienceblind

Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong

Author Andrew Shtulman

Narrated by Barry Abrams

Publication date Aug 8, 2017

Running time 10 hrs 15 min

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