Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music, explains how to make use of critical thinking to separate misinformation, pseudo-fact, distortions and outright lies. People fib for the darnedest reasons. “People sometimes lie when asked their opinions. A Harvard graduate may overstate her income in order to appear more successful,” Levitin writes. His program includes plausibility, averages, mis-framing and probabilities. The result is a book you may want to have close by at all times.
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.