- 335 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
- Contents: Pt. 1. Some Indispensable Tools for Critical Thinking -- 1. Language -- 2. Mathematics: Those Who Refuse to Be Conned, Count! -- Pt. 2. On the Justification of Belief -- 3. Personal Experience 171 Introduction -- 4. Empirical and Experimental Science -- 5. The Media -- Appendix. Independent Media Guide.Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-332)Summary: "What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is at stake and how to ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of the government and the media. Whether the issue be the call to what we’re told will be a bloodless war, the “debate” around Intelligent Design, or the meaning of a military expenditure, Baillargeon teaches readers to evaluate information and sort fact from official and media spin."--Publisher description.Translated from the French.