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The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking [Paperback]

Charles W. Clayton
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Book Description

1 Aug 2007
Would you like to:

 Make great decisions?
 Be a savvy consumer?
 Take charge of your life?
 Learn to be more organized?
 Free up time to have more fun?
 Discover your multiple intelligences?
 Create an exciting future for yourself?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have selected the right book!
This book is a practical guide to teach you critical thinking skills. You will learn concepts, methods, and resources to make informed decisions, complete tasks quickly and effectively, shop smarter and create a fun life for yourself!

Critical thinking is the ability to make and carry out informed decisions. It involves efficiently utilizing your lifetime knowledge, experience, common sense, reasoning, intuition, feelings and confidence.


Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595437087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595437085
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chuck Clayton is a professional mechanical engineer and business problem solver. He has a BSME from Michigan Tech University and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Chuck is also a Certified Six-Sigma expert.Chuck lives in Tucson Arizona. He enjoys traveling, dancing Argentine Tango and active sports.Please see: www.chuckclayton.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helps good decision-making 25 Oct 2008
Have you witnessed the "dumbing down" of America? Have you seen cashiers unable to count change? Have you seen people blindly make poor choices when better ones are seemingly obvious? Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segment on television, while entertaining, is symptomatic of a deeper problem. As evidenced by the show, we don't learn and we don't know. If you have witnessed these things don't despair - there is hope.

The root-cause of this problem may be poor decision making or in the author's words poor "critical thinking." The good news is the author takes the reader through many examples of how to make good decisions by thinking through them in a step-by-step manner. Many simple and practical examples are provided to explain these decision-making concepts clearly. These skills, once obtained, can serve as a foundation for higher level thinking later. This book is timely and is needed.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, Engaging and Fun! 20 July 2008
My name is Chuck Clayton and I am the Author of the Re-Discovery of Common Sense. I wrote this book to help people learn great decision making skills, how to critically think about anything and to teach powerful problem solving skillls.

What kind of Decisions are You Facing Right Now?

* Should you buy that high priced car with good gas mileage?
* Should you take that new position at work?
* How do you plan a great retirement?
* What career should you pursue?
* What school should you attend?
* What home should you buy?

We continually have to make decisions in life. They are part of living. But, where do you get a "how to" guide that strips away the complexity of decision making and replaces it with an easy to understand format?

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense takes the mystery and mystique out of decision making and replaces it with a "step-by-step guide" that you will enjoy learning from. It is easy to read, understand and apply. It teaches concepts, methods and provides resources to use for making almost any decision. It also teaches how to think critically about any subject. Easy to understand explanations, real life examples, cartoons, and fascinating quotes make the book educational, engaging, and fun.

Once you have learned the powerful tools and techniques of critical thinking and decision making you will learn how these skills can be applied to real life. Practical examples teach you how to get the best deals on vacations and cars. The examples also teach you how to lower your electric bills and create a great future for yourself!

The book is geared for high school students and anyone desiring great decision making skills.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Use your common sense, don't buy this 29 July 2009
By Oliver Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book in the hope of learning some helpful critical thinking skills. With all the 5 star reviews I was sure it would be a worthwhile investment. Instead what I got was 150 pages of vague, unexplained, simplified, repetitive, and irrelevant advice. A book of this type should educate and give new insights including detailed examples and exercises. But unfortunately it teaches nothing new.

The author chooses not to elaborate on much of his advice - it's like a self help book that just says "be more confident". Some of the recommendations are laughable, for example in 'how to investigate', he dedicates a full chapter to recommending research, using a library, internet, etc. And in purchasing a car one should compare price, affordability, reliability, value for money. The advice is unnecessary as it is already PAINFULLY OBVIOUS! This is a common annoyance with this book. I yawned and frowned my way through to the end. It's such an amateur effort, with half the space taken up by needless cartoons, and so many spelling and grammar mistakes that it was thoroughly laughable. I could understand how a child aged 10 might get some use out of it, but for intelligent adults out there do not buy this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Common Sense Guide to Common Sense 11 Nov 2008
By Elliot Malach - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a guide to decision making for solving business and personal problems. Basically, it is what you always knew but were to lazy to implement.

One of the best parts is the numerous quotes sprinkled throughout the chapters. One that caught my attention was by Lou Holtz, "When all is said and done, more is said than done!" Pretty good coming from a football coach.

Usually this type of book is based solely on analytical thought. It was a nice touch for the author to go for a holistic approach - both right and left brains functions. It allows for intuition and subconscious involvement, so you are not denying yourself full power in the process.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helps good decision-making 31 Aug 2007
By Mark Jepperson - Published on Amazon.com
Have you witnessed the "dumbing down" of America? Have you seen cashiers unable to count change? Have you seen people blindly make poor choices when better ones are seemingly obvious? Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segment on television, while entertaining, is symptomatic of a deeper problem. As evidenced by the show, we don't learn and we don't know. If you have witnessed these things don't despair - there is hope.

The root-cause of this problem may be poor decision making or in the author's words poor "critical thinking." The good news is the author takes the reader through many examples of how to make good decisions by thinking through them in a step-by-step manner. Many simple and practical examples are provided to explain these decision-making concepts clearly. These skills, once obtained, can serve as a foundation for higher level thinking later. This book is timely and is needed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to critical thinking 17 Aug 2008
By Jack B. Brown Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
I have read several of Mr. Clayton's books, and I think this is the best. This book is an introductory book to critical thinking and can be read by just about any age group. It can be used to introduce someone to the practices of critical thinking, or, as for myself, a wonderful refresher course that could be read over a weekend. Mr. Clayton has also provided an excellent summary and worksheets in the appendix that make the book an easy reference when I want to apply critical thinking to a new idea. I also signed up on his website to get regular updates through a newsletter. I believe after reading this book, people should look into DeBono's 6 hats thinking methods and collective intelligence methods as a comparison to group think. Overall, a very good book and great resrouce.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Key To Success! 12 Jun 2008
By S. D. Patane - Published on Amazon.com
Thomas Edison once noted that "Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Charles Clayton gives his readers a robust tool for the road to success in his book, "The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide to: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking." As I near the end of my current career and look forward to my next one, I have found a very valuable tool in Clayton's book. His writings recall to mind many of the concepts I learned in my early years, reinforcing their validity. And he provides new thoughts as well. This is the book I wish I had read decades ago; and yes, this is the book I wish I had written. A job well done, Mr. Clayton!
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