Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User Friendly Manual, First Canadian Edition

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What Is a Critical Thinker and When Do I Need to Be One?

I Know What I Think—Don’t Confuse Me with Facts

Who Said So? And Who Are They Anyway?

What’s Your Point?

The text will train you to distinguish high-quality, well-supported arguments from arguments with little or no supporting evidence.  Its tone and clarity of approach has long made this text a favourite for critical thinking courses.  Becoming a Critical Thinker, Canadian edition, contains many articles, examples and references that reflect our Canadian society, including key thinkers, writers and broadcast media. Canadian students will certainly benefit from exposure to models that are relevant, educational, provocative, and in some cases inspirational.

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The ability to distinguish high quality, well-supported arguments from those that are ineffectual and ill-founded is a vital skill that can be learned, and the production of persuasive pieces of writing and speeches will be improved with practice. Becoming a Critical Thinker is a straightforward and user-friendly text that successfully combines exposure to the basic principles of logic, rhetoric, and argumentation with interesting material that is interdisciplinary in scope.

 

This Canadian Edition contains many articles, examples and references that reflect our Canadian society, including key thinkers, writers and broadcast media and their views on important current domestic issues such as Aboriginal peoples, free speech and censorship, multiculturalism, and urban development. International concerns have a place too. The new Global Village boxes in each chapter explore topics such as AIDS; microcredit; breast-feeding and IQ; Afghanistan; illegal Immigration; and French language laws.

 

Canadian students will certainly benefit from exposure to models that are relevant, educational, provocative, and in some cases inspirational.

 

About the Author:

Colleen Mahy is a full-time professor at George Brown and teaches intro psych, critical thinking, English and Canadian studies; she’s been with the college for 18 years.

 

Jonathan Mahood is an up-and-coming Canadian cartoonist whose work is now syndicated online by United Press Syndicate.

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