"In lively, straightforward prose, Patten lays out some general principles of clear thinking . . . then, chapter by chapter, examines various forms of false reasoning to which we might fall victim . . . Patten doesn't minimize the mental effort required to master clear thinking, but his own clear writing and down-to-earth tone make it as painless as it can be to strengthen your ability to reason and see the faults in the reasoning of others.
- Publishers Weekly
Want to sort out the claims of experts, pseudo-experts, scam artists, and liars alike?
Want to protect yourself from the dangers of the ubiquitous nonsense and outright frauds that assault you from every side?
Want to become acquainted with the pleasurable activity of discovering truth while enhancing your sophistication as a thinker?
In this erudite yet entertaining handbook on critical thinking, Dr. Bernard M. Patten uses neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry to teach you to do all this and more.
He shows you that clear thinking is not just fun but also keeps you out of trouble, makes you more efficient, helps you develop and maintain prosperity, and generally gives you an edge in both your personal and business life.
A Board Certified neurologist and a lecturer in formal, informal, and symbolic logic at Rice University, Dr. Patten has the scientific background as well as the philosophical training to give readers the most reliable and current information on how the brain thinks, learns, and remembers.
By means of multiple (and sometimes startling) contemporary examples and insights, the author exercises your mind as an exercise machine might exercise your muscles.
Each exercise is specifically formulated with the neuropsychology of learning in mind (repetition, tied association, visual images, distribution of tasks in time, modularity, etc.), so the reader acquires valuable knowledge quickly and painlessly.
Emphasizing practical usefulness in real-life situations and evidence-based analysis, Dr. Patten examines:
investment frauds and other scams
the psychology of belief
Bernard M. Patten, M.D., now retired, was formerly the chief of the Neuromuscular Disease Division, vice chairman of the Department of Neurology, and attending neurologist at the Baylor College of Medicine.He now lectures in clear thinking, mental gymnastics, logic, and neuroscience at Rice University and the Women's Institute of Houston.
He is the author of The Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland; Truth, Knowledge, or Just Plain Bull: How to Tell the Difference; and Cruising on the Queen Elizabeth 2: Around the World in 91 Days.
Following the film on Friday, Bernard Patten, a professor at Rice University and former vice chairman and chief of neuromuscular diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, will speak about themes present in the film.A speaker for Saturday's viewing will be announced.
Bernard M. Patten, M.D., formerly Vice Chair and Chief of Nerve and Muscle Diseases at the Baylor College of Medicine, was a member of the team of physicians who discovered the L-DOPA treatment for Parkinson's Disease.In 1962 he graduated from Columbia College with an AB summa cum laude, and in 1966 he graduated second in his class from Columbia's Medical School with his medical doctorate.He interned at Cornell and did his Neurology training at the Neurological Institute of New York where he was Chief Resident Neurologist.He then served as the Memory Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and set up the first memory clinic and memory consultation service in America.Following completion of his military service as the assistant chief of medical neurology at the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty of Baylor in 1973.After retirement in 1995, Dr. Patten taught numerous courses at Rice's School of Continuing Studies on mental gymnastics, logic, advanced philosophy, and neuroscience.He has eight books in print and a ninth about to be published entitled Music by Heart: How to Memorize Music in Less Time with Fewer Tears.
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"We know that most of the women who have breast implants have anti-silicone antibodies in their body," said Dr. Bernard Patten, associate professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
"We find that the women uniformly have higher elevations ... but the level of antibodies doesn't correlate with their disease or with other complications," said Patten, who is researching breast implant complications.
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