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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life Hardcover – 13 Jun 2002

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (13 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130647608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130647603
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Critical Thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth Ñ and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.

About the Author

DR. RICHARD W. PAUL is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and the Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. He has authored six books and more than 200 articles on critical thinking. In over 35 years of teaching experience, he has won numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Perry Lecturer for the year 2000.

DR. LINDA ELDER is an educational psychologist, President for the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has done original research into the relation of thought and emotion. She is a regular keynoter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking and is a recognized leader in the field.


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I read this book because I wanted to learn how can I improve my thinking / thinking process. The book shows how we think and how we can change it to our advantage but language and presentation is not simple. Many topics are explained in bit complex way. In general it's a good read but only if you manage to read in detail and actually understand.

I found this book bit heavy to read and digest.
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called Dr. G.) challenged us to not believe things just because they were so called "common knowledge." He showed us time and again how non-intuitive thinking is critical to being successful in our personal and professional lives. He once said to me: "Chuck, if you don't want to be like everyone else, don't act like everyone else!" These words resonated with me though the years. Being a critical thinker and asking tough questions can be difficult, but the rewards are freedom from the shackles of mediocrity and complacency.

Critical thinking by Richard Paul and Linda Elder teaches how to develop a deep understanding of how our mind functions. They provide many thought provoking ideas. Here are just a few:

* "Typically, people see mistakes in other's thinking without being able to credit the strengths in those opposing views."
* "Numerous problems exist in human life because people fail to understand the important role that information plays in everything we do."
* "One of the fundamentals of critical thinking is the ability to assess one's own reasoning."

The book also discusses pitfalls of critical thinking such as social conditioning, biased experience and self-delusion. Knowing the pitfalls is a key to avoiding them.

This and many other concepts like it make the book a powerful learning tool for critical thinking skills. Critical Thinking does an excellent job of presenting ideas to help modify thinking patterns and improve both professional and personal lives.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking
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The introduction to this book asserts that the world is becoming both more complex and less liberal as a result of knee-jerk reactions and short-term thinking. In contrast, say Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder, critical thinking helps people cope with the uncertainties of modern life and become more confident in their decisions. By mastering the tools and techniques of critical thinking, they say, readers will be able to improve their emotional and intellectual skills, their job performance and the success of their organizations. Their claims about material benefits may be somewhat exaggerated, so getAbstract suggests applying some of that critical thinking to the authors' generalizations. Nonetheless, their overall points are well-made, and readers will find these skills and techniques intriguing and very useful.
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This book is a veritable tool. I'm taking my time reading just a few pages a day and using the tools in it. The exercises in the book force a level of 360 degrees comprehension that's I can only compare to an inner breakthrough - "sort of eureka! I get it" moment. I look forward to the exercises and love how the author awakens the critical thinking muscle ever so gently with each subsequently analysed concept and adjoining exercise. Powerful stuff. If the author reads this one day, my message is "Thank you!" really...thank you!!
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Certainly makes you think.
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