New book encourages critical thinking in paleontology
- “The first uses dinosaur paleontology to illustrate logical fallacies and flawed arguments.
- The second is a method for evaluating primary dinosaur literature by students of any major.
- The final example entails critique of dinosaur documentaries based on the appearance of dinosaurs and the disconnect between scientific fact and storytelling techniques.”
Students are owed more than dinosaur facts; lecturers should foster a set of skills that equips students with the tools necessary to be perceptive citizens and science advocates.”
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readers are also provided a set of skills and tools to illustrate logical fallacies and flawed arguments, evaluate and criticize with authority past and present paleo literature and challenge studies flawed by taxon exclusion.
- Do paleontologists engage with those critical of their favorite hypotheses?
- Do paleontologists ever accept (after rigorous testing) critical thinking that overturns their own pet hypotheses and/or traditional paradigms?
- Do paleontologists disrespect critical thinking if it comes from certain sources (ignoring the readily available data while doing so)?
- All of the above?
Take your time in answering these.
Hopefully the Pagnac book will indeed encourage critical thinking. We looked at the lethargy that has always surrounded paleontology here.