Why we can’t trust our brains

Your brain is logically illogical and can be easily fooled.

According to Lack and Rousseau, ‘we often act and think in an understandable but irrational manner— what we are calling “logically illogical”’ (2016, p.72).

In their book, Critical thinking, science, and pseudoscience: Why we can’t trust our brains, the authors ‘focus on how the human brain, rife with natural biases, does not process information in a rational fashion, and the social factors that prevent individuals from gaining an unbiased, critical perspective on information’.

So how do you make logical, rational decisions under these conditions? Well, according to the authors, the answer is critical thinking.

But critical thinking can be difficult to engage in. Lack and Rousseau explore ‘the psychological and social reasons why people are drawn to and find credence in extraordinary claims.

‘From alien abductions and psychic phenomena to strange creatures and unsupported alternative medical treatments, the text uses examples from a wide range of pseudoscience fields and brings evidence from diverse disciplines to critically examine these erroneous claims’.

Written by a psychologist and a philosopher, this book describes ‘what critical thinking is, why it is important, and how to learn and apply skills using scientific methods–that promote it’.

It will help you strengthen your ‘skills in reasoning and debate, become intelligent consumers of research, and make well-informed choices as citizens’.

Critical thinking, science, and pseudoscience: Why we can’t trust our brains is available online in the Proquest EBook Central database. Griffith University has unlimited access to this eBook.

Database upgrade – ProQuest

Back in 10 mins sticky noteThe Library’s ProQuest database is upgrading their system and will need a little space on 1pm Sunday 17 January.

ProQuest resources will be unavailable during the eight-hour upgrade but it’ll all be worth it in the end, as the upgrade promises to improve performance, security and overall reliability of the already popular database.


Got a big assignment due the next day? Don’t worry you can still access plenty of other useful and relevant databases online or drop into the Library for specific search help.