Using the tools of the scientific method and understanding statistical reasoning can strengthen our critical thinking. Answer two of the following questions to explore these issues:
Review Chapter 3 of Van Cleave (2016). If we need to make complex inferences, what intellectual virtues does Van Cleave argue we should employ? Discuss an example from your professional or personal life where these virtues would help strengthen your ability to make logical inferences.
What misconceptions often rise around the idea of a scientific “theory”? What are the characteristics of good scientific theories?