Critical Thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth Ñ and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.
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You are what you think...
Everything you do in life is determined by the quality of your thinking. If you aren't thinking clearly, you're at the mercy of everyone else-from dishonest politicians to aggressive, stop-at-nothing ad agencies. Unfortunately, many people never give any thought to how they think. No wonder they're susceptible to the frustration, pain, ineffectiveness, and financial loss that result directly from poorly considered thinking.
Critical Thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life—as a professional, as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and even as a lover. Drs. Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder, leaders of the Center for Critical Thinking, identify the core skills of effective thinking, then help you analyze your own thought processes so you can identify your weaknesses and overcome them.
As you learn how to think more effectively, you'll empower yourself as never before, discovering new opportunities, avoiding disastrous mistakes, and gaining new clarity throughout your entire life.* The six stages of thinking: which stage are you in? Discovering where you stand in the hierarchy of effective thinking * The poor thinking habits everyone falls into-and how to get out of them Getting past the egocentrism and sociocentrism that shackle our progress * Setting higher standards for our thinking Imbuing our thinking with clarity, relevance, logic, accuracy, depth, significance, precision, breadth, and fairness * Thinking more effectively in the workplace Overcoming the unique obstacles to effective thinking in businesses and organizations * Strategic thinking: taking responsibility for your own growth Directing your thinking toward your most important goals and purposes * Critically assessing the views of experts Assessing matters of fact, matters of opinion, and matters of judgment * Practical techniques for making more intelligent decisions Applying critical thinking to life's key decisions * The ethical implications of effective thinking Why thinking and character are inextricably linked-and how to become a more ethical thinker
Get smarter—in every part of your life!
The world gets more complex every day. There's only one way to cope—get smarter. Thinking more effectively gives you greater control over your life, helps you overcome adversity, and makes it easier to transform your dreams into reality. Effective thinking is no mystery. It consists of practical skills anyone can learn, practice, and improve. Critical Thinking gives you those skills.
Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder show you how to "take thinking apart" and assess it for quality. You'll learn how to improve all three components of thinking—analysis, evaluation, and re-thinking. Then, through "brains-on" exercises, you'll discover and hone new thinking skills that'll soon become second nature.
Critical Thinking will help you in hundreds of ways. It will enable you to solve problems more effectively, make better decisions, recognize pathological thinking, and avoid being manipulated. Above all, it will give you the confidence and courage to recognize the path that's right for you—and take it.About the Author:
DR. RICHARD W. PAUL is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and the Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. He has authored six books and more than 200 articles on critical thinking. In over 35 years of teaching experience, he has won numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Perry Lecturer for the year 2000.
DR. LINDA ELDER is an educational psychologist, President for the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has done original research into the relation of thought and emotion. She is a regular keynoter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking and is a recognized leader in the field.
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Book Description FT Press, 2002. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Acknowledgment. Preface. 1. Thinking in a World of Accelerating Change and Intensifying Danger. The Nature of the Post-Industrial World Order. A Complex World of Accelerating Change. A Threatening World. Change, Danger, and Complexity: Interwoven. The Challenge of Becoming Critical Thinkers. Recommended Reading. 2. Becoming a Critic of Your Thinking. How Skilled is Your Thinking (Right Now)? Good Thinking Is as Easy as Bad Thinking (But It Requires Hard Work to Develop It). The Hard Cruel World. Become a Critic of Your Own Thinking. Conclusion. 3. Becoming a Fair-Minded Thinker. Weak versus Strong Critical Thinking. What Does Fair-Mindedness Require? Intellectual Humility: Having Knowledge of Ignorance. Intellectual Courage: Being Willing to Challenge Beliefs. Intellectual Empathy: Entertaining Opposing Views. Intellectual Integrity: Holding Ourselves to the Same Standards to Which We Hold Others. Intellectual Perseverance: Working Through Complexity and Frustration. 4. Confidence in Reason: Recognizing that Good Reasoning Has Proven Its Worth. Intellectual Autonomy: Being an Independent Thinker. Recognizing the Interdependence of Intellectual Virtues. Conclusion. 5. Self-Understanding. Monitoring the Egocentrism in Your Thought and Life. Making a Commitment to Fair-Mindedness. Recognizing the Mind's Three Distinctive Functions. Understanding That You Have a Special Relationship to Your Mind. 6. The First Four Stages of Development: What Level Thinker Are You? Stage One: The Unreflective Thinker-Are You an Unreflective Thinker? Stage Two: The Challenged Thinker-Are You Ready to Accept the Challenge? Stage Three: The Beginning Thinker-Are You Willing to Begin? Stage Four: The Practicing Thinker-Good Thinking Can Be Practiced. Like Basketball, Tennis, or Ballet. A "Game Plan" for Improvement. A Game Plan for Devising a Game Plan. 7. The Parts of Thinking. Reasoning Is Everywhere in Human Life. Does Reasoning Have Parts? Beginning to Think About Your Own Reasoning. The Elements of Thought: A First Look. An Everyday Example: Jack and Jill. Analysis of the Example. The Elements of Thought in Relationship. The Relationship Between the Elements. Thinking to Some Purpose. Thinking with Concepts. Thinking with Information. Distinguishing Between Inert Information, Activated Ignorance, and Activated Knowledge. Some Key Questions to Ask When Pursuing Information. Distinguishing Between Inferences and Assumptions. Understanding Implications. Thinking Within and Across Points of View. Using Critical Thinking to Take Charge of How We See Things. The Point of View of the Critical Thinker. Conclusion. 8. The Standards for Thinking. Taking a Deeper Look at Universal Intellectual Standards. Bringing Together the Elements of Reasoning and the Intellectual Standards. Using Intellectual Standards to Assess Your Thinking: Brief Guidelines. 9. Design Your Life. Fate or Freedom: Which Do You Choose? Recognizing the Dual Logic of Experience. Facing Contradictions and Inconsistencies. Social Forces, the Mass Media, and Our Experience. Reading Backwards. Implications for the Design of Your Life. 10. The Art of Making Intelligent Decisions. Thinking Globally About Your Life. Evaluating Patterns in Decision-Making. "Big" Decisions. The Logic of Decision-Making. Recognizing the Need for an Important Decision. Accurately Recognizing the Alternatives. Putting More Time into. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0130647608
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