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Clear and Present Thinking: A Handbook in Logic and Rationality Paperback – May 31, 2013
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Dr. Brendan Myers is a professor of philosophy and humanities at CEGEP Heritage College, in Gatineau, Quebec, and the author of ten books including fiction and nonfiction. Find him on the web at http://brendanmyers.net
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I expected a textbook on logic to be dry and hard to get through, and was pleasantly surprised to find that instead it was fascinating and very accessible. The writing style conveyed the ideas and concepts to me in a way that made them easy to understand and relate to, and I enjoyed reading it. I appreciated the use of humor and examples of modern situations to illustrate some of the points; that really brought them to life for me. It introduced terms and concepts that I had thought I was pretty familiar with, maybe even had used myself regularly, but hadn't ever stopped to think about where they originated, or what they actually meant. I have found myself pondering a lot of these ideas - re-framing them in my mind in a whole new way - quite a bit since finishing the book.
Most chapters end with a set of questions and discussion points, and I could see how one would get so much more out of this book in a classroom setting, going through each chapter and then discussing the topic with others. It made me wish I could actually take a class that used this book. I do think it gave me a good foundation for further exploration, though, and will be a handy reference to pick back up periodically. Regarding the Kindle edition specifically, I found the linked citations very useful but really would have loved to have had a Table of Contents as well, especially since I found myself wanting to go back and forth between topics as I encountered new information that built on a concept covered in a previous chapter. This is the main reason I only gave the book four stars.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning more about ethics, philosophy, or who just wants to take a closer look at what shapes their own thoughts, ideas and beliefs.