Making Your Mind Matter Strategies for Increasing Practical Intelligence

ISBN-10: 0742514633

ISBN-13: 9780742514638

Edition: 2003

Authors: Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

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Making Your Mind Matter is a practical guide to effective thinking in college and in everyday life, following the WISE model (Wonder, Investigate, Speculate, Evaluate).
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Introduction: The Neglect of the Mind
The Influence of Positivism
The Influence of Romanticism
The Challenge to You
Understanding Thinking
Basic Axioms of Thinking
Truth Is Objective rather than Subjective, and Discovered rather than Created
If Two Statements Are Mutually Contradictory, One Must Be False
The Human Mind Is Fallible
Ideas Have Consequences
The Dimensions of Thinking
The Reflective Dimension
The Creative Dimension
The Critical Dimension
The WISE Approach to Thinking
Overcoming Obstacles
The Basic Problem: Egocentrism
Mine-Is-Better Perspective
Self-Serving Bias
Inflated Self-Esteem
Face Saving
Other Habits That Obstruct Thought
Mental Sloth
Bias for the Majority or Minority
Bias for or against Change
Reliance on Feelings and First Impressions
Attitudes That Obstruct Thought
"I Already Know Everything Worth Knowing"
"To Challenge My Ideas Is to Disrespect Me"
"Some Subjects Are Interesting, Others Are Boring"
"Rules and Procedures Don't Apply to Me"
Becoming Your Own Critic
Resisting Manipulation
Major Contemporary Influences
Television and Movies
Political Discourse
Notable Devices of Manipulation
Glittering Generality
Empty Comparison
Stacking the Deck
Selective Reporting of Facts
Demonizing People
Rumors and Hoaxes
Resisting Manipulation
Know Your Vulnerabilities
Corroborate Information
Get Both Sides of the Story
Talk Back to the TV
Read the Fine Print in Advertisements
Continue Using the WISE Approach
Testing Ideas
Facts versus Statements of Fact
Two Kinds of Opinion
The Value of Expert Opinion
Testing Statements of Fact
Testing Opinions
Assess the Author's Evidence
Search for Contrary Evidence
Consider Relevant Situations
Think of Exceptions
Consider Implications
Consider Alternative Opinions
Consider the Consequences
Play "Devil's Advocate"
Be Prepared for Complexity
Recognizing Errors in Reasoning
Unwarranted Assumption
Hasty Conclusion
False Analogy
False Cause
Double Standard
Failure to Make Distinctions
Either/Or Thinking
Straw Man
Errors Can Multiply
Analyzing Arguments
Hidden Premises
Complex Arguments
Types of Evidence
How Much Evidence Is Enough?
Analyzing Complex Arguments
Determine the Argument's Structure
Check for Hidden Premises
Summarize the Argument
Ask Appropriate Questions
Evaluate the Argument
Making Ethical Judgments
The "Ought" Controversy
The Case for "Ought"
Objective Morality
Respect for Persons
Criteria for Ethical Judgment
Ethical Ideals
A Strategy for Moral Judgment
Decide What Obligations Are Present
Decide What Moral Ideals Are Relevant
Where Conflicts Exist, Assign Priorities
Identify Possible Actions and Their Consequences
Decide Which Action Is Most Moral
Applying the Strategy
Making Discussion Meaningful
Whenever Possible, Prepare in Advance
Set Reasonable Expectations
Leave Egotism and Personal Agendas at the Door
Contribute but Don't Dominate
Avoid Distracting Speech Mannerisms
Listen Actively
Judge Ideas Responsibly
Resist the Urge to Shout or Interrupt
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