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Asking the Right Questions

ISBN-10: 0205506682
ISBN-13: 9780205506682
Edition: 9th 2010
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Book details

List price: $44.33
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770

Preface
The Benefit of Asking the Right Questions
Introduction
Critical Thinking to the Rescue
The Sponge and Panning for Gold: Alternative Thinking Styles
An Example of the Panning-for Gold Approach
Panning for Gold: Asking Critical Question
The Myth of the "Right Answer"
The Usefulness of Asking the Question, "Who Cares?"
Weak-Sense and Strong-Sense Critical Thinking
The Satisfaction of Panning for Gold
Effective Communication and Critical Thinking
The Importance of Practice
The Right Question
Critical Thinking As a Social Activity
Values and Other People
The Primary Values of a Critical Thinker
Thinking and Feeling
Keeping the Conversation Going
Avoiding the Dangers of Groupthink
What Are the Issue and the Conclusion?
Kinds of Issues
Searching for the Issue
Searching for the Authors' or Speaker's Conclusion
Clues to Discovery: How to Find the Conclusion
Critical Thinking and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice Exercises
What Are the Reasons?
Reasons + Conclusion = Argument
Initiating the Questioning process
Words That Identify Reasons
Kinds of Reasons
Keeping the reasons and conclusions Straight
Critical Thinking and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice Exercises
What Words or Phrases Are Ambiguous
The Confusing Flexibility of Words
Locating Key Terms and Phrases
Checking for Ambiguity
Determining Ambiguity
Context and Ambiguity
Ambiguity, Definitions, and the Dictionary
Ambiguity and Loaded Language
Limits of Your Responsibility to Clarify Ambiguity
Ambiguity and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Summary
Practice Exercises
What Are the Value and Descriptive Assumptions?
General Guide for Identifying Assumptions
Value Conflicts and Assumptions
Typical value Conflicts
The Communicator's Background as a Clue to Value Assumptions
Consequences as Clues to Value Assumptions
More Hints for Finding Value Assumptions
Finding Value Assumptions on Your Own
Values and Relativism
Identifying and Evaluating Descriptive Assumptions
Illustrating Descriptive Assumptions
Clues for Locating Assumptions
Avoiding Analysis of Trivial Assumptions
Assumptions and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice exercises
Are There Any Fallacies in the Reasoning?
A Questioning Approach to Finding Reasoning Fallacies
Evaluating Assumptions as a Starting Point
Discovering Other Common Reasoning Fallacies
Looking for Diversions
Sleight of Hand: Begging the Question
Summary of Reasoning Errors
Expanding Your Knowledge of Fallacies
Fallacies and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice Exercises
How Good Is the Evidence: Intuition, Personal Experience, Testimonials, and Appeals to Authority?
The Need for Evidence
Locating Factual Claim
Sources of Evidence
Intuition as Evidence
Dangers of Appealing to Personal Experience and Anecdotes as Evidence
Appeals to Authority as Evidence
Summary
Practice Exercises
How Good Is the Evidence: Personal Observation, Research Studies, Case Examples, and Analogies?
Personal Observation
Research Studies as Evidence
Generalizing from the Research Sample
Biased Surveys and Questionnaires
Critical Evaluation of a Research-Based Argument
Case Examples as Evidence
Analogies as Evidence
Summary
Practice Exercises
Are There Rival Causes?
When to Look for Rival Causes
The Pervasiveness of Rival Causes
Detecting Rival Causes
The Cause or A Cause
Rival Causes for Differences Between Groups
Confusing Causation with Association
Confusing "After this" with "Because of this"
Explaining Individual Events or Acts
Evaluating Rival Causes
Evidence and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Summary
Practice Exercises
Are the Statistics Deceptive?
Unknowable and Biased Statistics
Confusing Averages
Concluding One Thing, Proving Another
Deceiving by Omitting Information
Risk Statistics and Omitted Information
Summary
Practice Exercises
What Significant Information Is Omitted?
The Benefits of Detecting Omitted Information
The Certainty of Incomplete Reasoning
Questions That Identify Omitted Information
The Importance of the Negative View
Omitted Information That Remains Missing
Practice Exercises
What Reasonable Conclusions Are Possiblee?
Assumptions and Multiple Conclusions
Dichotomous Thinking: impediment to Considering Multiple Conclusions
Two Sides or Many?
Searching for Multiple Conclusions
Productivity of If-Clauses
Alternative Solutions as Conclusions
The Liberating Effect of Recognizing Alternative Conclusions
All Conclusion Are Not Created Equal
Summary
Practice Exercises
Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking
Reviewing Familiar Obstacles
Mental Habits That Betray Us
Wishful Thinking
Final Word
Index

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