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How to Think Clearly: A Guide to Critical Thinking Kindle Edition
How to Develop Critical Thinking Skills
The Principles of Straight Thinking
How to Think Clearly: A Guide to Critical Thinking is an easy-to-understand and lively introduction to the serious issues of learning how to think clearly and being able to spot the difference between good and bad reasoning. Dr. Doug Erlandson draws on concrete examples of good and bad reasoning from the political and social realm and everyday life to make his points in a sometimes lighthearted but always meaningful way.
Here's a Preview of What's in the Book
- Identifying the differences between good and bad arguments
- Avoiding fallacies
- Creating good explanations
- Assessing probabilities
- Recognizing that statistics and numbers can lie
˃˃˃ Here's How You Benefit
How to Think Clearly gives you the tools you need to critically assess the claims and counterclaims with which you are bombarded by politicians, pundits, commentators and editors, as well as coworkers, friends and family, and will aid you in developing skills to present your view in ways that are clear, coherent, sensible and persuasive.
˃˃˃ Suitable as a classroom text and for independent study
How to Think Clearly is easy to understand and suitable for independent study. At the same time it offers the content and intellectual rigor that you would expect in a text for an introductory college-level course in critical thinking.
˃˃˃ What Others Are Saying About How to Think Clearly: A Guide to Critical Thinking
Dr. Erlandson has given a wonderful introduction to good critical thinking: how to recognize good and bad arguments, helpful and non-helpful explanations, the ways that numbers can be manipulated. You can tell that he must be a good teacher. (G. Feltner)
The author offers a refuge of reason within our culture of disregard for open-mindedness and rational discourse where the popular debate of serious issues or ideas is often a shouting match from the margins. (Cubs Fan)
A great read for anyone who is new to logic and critical thinking, or someone who just wants to review and refresh their knowledge. (Paul D.)
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- ASIN : B0093KWBAA
- Publication date : August 28, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 277 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 185 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #287,052 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #49 in Logic & Language Philosophy
- #242 in Philosophy of Logic & Language
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On finishing this book I think you will find yourself much more aware of the nature of thinking and reasoning. More importantly will be a heightened awareness of the often weak ways in which we are led by public figures and the media. If nothing else you can quickly recognise when a poor argument is being made and see through the ways in which this weakness can be covered with emotions etc. You will become highly aware (and dare I say, irritated) by the number of 'straw-man' arguments we see in the media and politics every single day.
Prepare though to read the early sections as a textbook - in the university course sense of the word. There is quite a bit of reasoning structure to get through which is critical for the rest of the book to make sense. For this reason though the structure of the book becomes a grind in places. This isn't to say that you aren't learning anything but I found that sometimes you are slogging through latin and algebra and then next chapter you are looking at fascinating and easily digestible real-life examples. This made me wonder if the distribution of material couldn't have been a little more even.
The author sensibly summarises the book with discussions on the limits of argument disection in 'polite' society. This I think is good because if we all spent our days breaking down every sentence said by other people then we would quickly grind to a halt. Oddly, and this is just my suspicion (you can break down the validity of my reasoning after reading), there seems to be a real partisan slant to a lot of the examples given. Not being from the U.S. I could have read this the wrong way but you may find yourself thinking the same. Not that this makes the examples any less appropriate but there did seem to be a bias that may make some people a little prickly, such that they end up missing the point.
If you read this along with some of the work by Arthur Schopenhauer on how to win arguments I think you will gain a lot on reasoning structure and also how to break this structure. All in all, a very valuable guide.
The author goes through the basics of understanding a view of an issue and deciding if the presenter is right, wrong, or intentionally misleading. The lack of basic critical thinking skills is overtly evident every time I log onto Facebook or read the comments after almost any article on a politicized issue.
He defines and describes through easy to grasp examples the main logical fallacies you will encounter on a day to day basis. This is a crucial step to seeing how so many Americans are duped into zealously fighting against their own best interests.
If you have ever encountered someone who tried to convince you of something that you were certain wasn't true but didn't know how to go about disproving them verbally or in writing the you should definitely read this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Good basic examples and workings