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Clear Thinking: A Practical Introduction Paperback – May 1, 1990
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- Publisher : Prometheus; 1st edition (May 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 271 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0879755946
- ISBN-13 : 978-0879755942
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.39 x 0.59 x 8.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NOTE: I purchased this book from AMAZON!
"Critical Thinking" By Hy Ruchlis, With Sandra Oddo
Although "Clear Thinking" stimulates 'critical' thinking and covers many ways to avoid evils of mind control and irrational thinking; the Authors actually fail to adhere to the very strong advice against 'jumping to conclusions' which naturally prevented their 'Thinking Clearly'!
Their several failures to exercise good judgement in decision making is very starkly obvious when they discuss some things totally devoid of factual proof, i.e. On page 13 the statement: "---Our Satellites can reach Neptune, two billion miles from Earth on a twelve year journey and send back detailed photographs for us to study and admire." And: On page 56: "---Consider the remarkable exploration of the four planets by the space probe Voyager 2 from 1977 to 1989. After two years it reached Jupiter and took many photographs and measurements."
Because no proof has ever surfaced concerning these projects, it is fair to say the Authors are guilty of 'un-clear thinking'! And, a dichotomy when viewed with their many ways to avoid such erroneous assertions.
Putting these 'personal' errors aside; the direction, intent, and, content of the book is worth every penny of it's purchase price; and, it is an excellent means for promoting the importance of using critical thinking to get at the 'real' facts and truth of subjects!
Buy it! You'll benefit from it!
"Clear Thinking" is best for its intended audience: gifted youngsters. If you are over the age of 20 and have merely a backyard familiarity with logic, pass on this book. It will not challenge you.
Consider this a review of the book as intended for smart kids. If I were to review it as intended for more mature audiences, I would give it 1.5 stars if said audience had no better than a high-school diploma.
Okay. So this is for smart kids. Is it any good? Well, it's okay. The writing is very pedestrian, and the author (though he may have noble intentions) fails to arouse the reader's mind. Logic and reasoning are VERY interesting subjects, but the rhetoric, syntax, and diction the author employs convey otherwise.
This book would have benefited from an author with a sense of humor. If you're writing for kids, try to be a little funny; this helps maintain the child's attention. Instead, the only deviation from descriptive writing (i.e., Knowledge is based on the human senses) is the occasional moralizing (i.e., Closed minds are bad).
Not to mention, this book is from 1990. The examples are a little outdated (No, seriously, this guy attacks ASTROLOGY. Does ANYone still think astrology needs to be refuted?). In addition, the texture of the pages is fairly dull and unpleasant; nonfiction books MUST have soft glossy pages nowadays.
I urge educators who want to explicitly introduce their kids to logic to look elsewhere. Scientific thinking continues to make headway into popular culture, so I'm guessing that better books have been written since.
This is an excellent and very practical book! It is much better than Flew's "How to think Straight". I highly recommend "Clear Thinking" to anyone who wants a good introduction to the practice of critical thinking.