Critical Thinking, Second Edition: Make Strategic Decisions With Confidence / Edition 2

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Solving problems. Evaluating options. Choosing direction. You need to be adept at critical thinking every day on the job. Learn how to tell the difference between effective and ineffective methods of thought. When you can show how your decisions are based on sound reasoning, you give yourself an unbeatable advantage as a leader or a rising star.

Critical Thinking provides step-by-step guidance to strengthen your reasoning skills. First you'll see the difference between critical and non-critical thinking and then learn how to:

Recognize different forms of deceptive reasoning

Pinpoint the critical issues in any situation

Categorize and evaluate types of arguments

Develop and test hypotheses to form conclusive explanations

Professional Success. Intellectual Curiosity. Personal Achievement. If it's important to you, you can grasp the essential core of it in less than one hour. We cover more than 200 topics-and cut right to the information and skills that matter most. The writing is friendly, concise and most importantly clear. More than 20 million users worldwide have relied on this invaluable series. Open one up and see what you can learn inside of Fifty Minutes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426018534
  • Publisher: Axzo Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 8.19 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author 1

Preface 2

About the Crisp 50-Minute Series 4

A Note to Instructors 5

Part 1 Understanding Critical vs. Noncritical Thinking 7

The Case for Critical Thinking 9

Recognize Deceptive Reasoning 12

Detect Emotional Manipulation 16

Styles of Noncritical Thinking 20

Critical Thinking Styles 23

Become a Critical Thinker 27

Part Summary 35

Part 2 Recognizing and Evaluating Arguments 37

Define Arguments 39

Step 1 Pinpoint Issues 42

Step 2 Identify Arguments 47

Step 3 Seek Clarity 51

Step 4 Understand Context 53

Step 5 Find Credibility 56

Step 6 Look for Consistency 59

Step 7 Judge Arguments 61

Present Ideas Powerfully 65

Part Summary 68

Part 3 Developing and Evaluating Explanations 69

Explanations vs. Arguments 71

Formulate Explanations 74

Element 1 Gather Information 75

Element 2 Process Information 77

Element 3 Develop Hypotheses 80

Element 4 Test Hypotheses 82

Ask Discovery Questions 83

Challenge Assumptions 86

Part Summary 88

Appendix 89

Reviewing What You've Learned 91

Appendix to Part 1 93

Appendix to Part 2 94

Appendix to Part 3 100

Additional Reading 102

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