A Field Guide To Critical Thinking

Offering up far more than most readers will likely be able to digest, Levitin’s Richard E.

Cytowic, Professor of Neurology at George Washington University, writes “The Fallible Mind” at Psychology Today.

Elder has coauthored four books on critical thinking, as well as all 23 titles found in the Thinker's Guide Library. Richard Paul was a leading proponent of critical thinking and through his work and legacy remains an international authority in the field.

He founded the Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State University in 1980, followed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking.

We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives.

This means checking the plausibility and reasoning—not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Levitin is Dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, and James Mc Gill Professor of Psychology at Mc Gill University. "The challenge of “getting organised” is both commonplace and oddly particular.The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools distills the groundbreaking work of Richard Paul and Linda Elder, targeting how to deconstruct thinking through the elements of reasoning and how to assess the quality of our thinking.With more than half a million copies sold, Richard Paul and Linda Elder’s bestselling book in the Thinker’s Guide Library is used in secondary and higher education courses and professional development seminars across the globe.In a world of conflicting information and clashing ideologies, this guide clears a path for advancing fairminded critical societies. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist who has taught both psychology and critical thinking at the college level.She is the President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and the Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking.His latest book, Synesthesia, is part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series. This powerful book introduces core critical thinking concepts and principles as an empowering problem-solving framework for every profession, course of study, and indeed every area of life.Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media.We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't.How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information?Levitin groups his field guide into two categories—statistical infomation and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking.


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