Critical Thinking Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life

ISBN-10: 0130647608

ISBN-13: 9780130647603

Edition: 2002

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The world gets more complex every day -- and you have to cope with that complexity in every part of your life, personal and professional. This book gives you the practical critical thinking skills you need to take control of your life, help you cope with virtually any situation -- and be more successful in pursuing your ultimate dreams and values. You'll learn how to "take thinking apart" -- both yours, and others -- and assess that thinking for quality. You'll understand all three components of thinking: analysis, evaluation and re-thinking -- and, through "brains-on" exercises, learn new thinking skills you'll use constantly. The skills you'll learn will help you think more clearly, accurately, precisely, deeply, logically, and broadly. The result: you'll be able to solve problems more effectively, make better decisions, avoid manipulation by individuals or the media, recognize pathological thinking when you encounter it, and become more intellectually autonomous and courageous. For everyone who wants to become more effective in their professional and personal lives.
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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 6/13/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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
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
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
Confidence in Reason: Recognizing that Good Reasoning Has Proven Its Worth
Intellectual Autonomy: Being an Independent Thinker
Recognizing the Interdependence of Intellectual Virtues
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
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
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
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
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
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
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