Straight and Crooked Thinking

Straight and Crooked Thinking

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444117189
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Edition description: New
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 687,393
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Born in 1894, Robert Thouless was a psychologist. He was Head of the Department of Psychology in Glasgow until 1938, after which he became Reader and Reader Emeritus at Cambridge. He specialised in logic, rationality and the study of responses to the paranormal and wrote several titles in addition to this one. He died in 1984.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Different ways of using language 1

2 Words and facts 15

3 The meanings of words 29

4 Definition and some of its difficulties 37

5 Good and bad definitions 44

6 All and some 51

7 Some dishonest tricks in argument 62

8 Some logical fallacies 74

9 Habits of thought 85

10 Prejudice 97

11 Predigested thinking 111

12 Pitfalls in analogy 118

13 Oratory and suggestion 127

14 Tricks of suggestion 138

15 Straight thinking 146

16 The future of straight thinking 151

Appendix 1 Thirty-seven dishonest tricks commonly used in argument, with the methods of overcoming them 159

Appendix 2 A discussion illustrating crooked thinking 165

Index 171

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Reality1843 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I had a chance to speed read this old favorite of mine that teaches how to use clear rational thinking, cope with `spin¿ and distorted reasoning. This book should be a must-read in schools. You are never too old to learn its lessons.