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How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions

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What can I know? What am I? Why am I here? How should I behave? What is to come of me? The way you answer these questions will tell you a lot about yourself. And if you ask others these questions, their answers will tell you a good deal about them, how they think, and what they value. Of course, if you persist in asking these questions, others may think youve become a really good pain in the ass. According to the author, you shouldnt be insulted by such a reaction, but treat it as a mark of distinction. For it means youve learned to think critically. In this witty, incisive guide to critical thinking the author provides you with the tools to allow you to question beliefs and assumptions held by those who claim to know what theyre talking about. These days there are many people whom we need to question: politicians, lawyers, doctors, teachers, clergy members, bankers, car salesmen, and your boss. This book will empower you with the ability to spot faulty reasoning and, by asking the right sorts of questions, hold people accountable not only for what they believe but how they behave. By using this book youll learn to analyze your own thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, and why you act on them (or dont). This, in turn, will help you to understand why others might hold opposing views. And the best way to change our own or others behavior or attitudes is to gain greater clarity about underlying motives and thought processes. In a media-driven world of talking heads, gurus, urban legends, and hype, learning to think more clearly and critically, and helping others to do the same, is one of the most important things you can do.

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DiCarlo, a lecturer on bioethics and philosophy of science who is associated with the Society of Ontario Freethinkers and the Center for Inquiry-Canada, offers a guide to help readers learn how to question the beliefs and assumptions of others, spot faulty reasoning, and hold people accountable. He shows how individuals can analyze their own thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, and understand why others might have opposing views, and challenge those views using tools and ideas of critical thinking, such as argument, biases, context, diagramming arguments, evidence, and fallacies. He describes the methods of Socrates and the ancient Skeptics and how they can be applied to today's questions, and applications of the tools and methods to different answers to five key questions about what can be known, existence, the nature of humanity, ethics, and the afterlife, which reveal the core of a person's beliefs. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In a media-driven world of talking heads, gurus, urban legends, and hype, learning to think more clearly and critically, and helping others to do the same, is one of the most important things you can do.

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Christopher DiCarlo, PhD, (Guelph, Ontario) is an award-winning lecturer on bioethics and philosophy of science. He is a fellow, advisor, and board member of the Society of Ontario Freethinkers and the Center for Inquiry–Canada. He is a past visiting research scholar in the Stone Age Laboratory at Harvard University.

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DANE, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by DANE)
Excellent introduction to critical thinking. Tackles the big questions in a way that will definitely make you think twice about them. If this were required reading in junior high schools, we might be living in a slightly better world.
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ISBN:
9781616143978
Author:
Dicarlo, Christopher W
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Dicarlo, Christopher W.
Author:
DiCarlo, Christopher
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Logic
Subject:
Logic
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 0.9319 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In a media-driven world of talking heads, gurus, urban legends, and hype, learning to think more clearly and critically, and helping others to do the same, is one of the most important things you can do.
"Synopsis" by , Christopher DiCarlo, PhD, (Guelph, Ontario) is an award-winning lecturer on bioethics and philosophy of science. He is a fellow, advisor, and board member of the Society of Ontario Freethinkers and the Center for Inquiry–Canada. He is a past visiting research scholar in the Stone Age Laboratory at Harvard University.
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