It is really all about logic, and finding the true value of each part of a process, to determine cost, labor, service, and ROI, it can all be broken down. People assume an average $600 PC is a good deal, but it's actually about $70 in parts, and $30 in service. I assumed a LOT of things working in the support industry, before picking up some basic, and then deeper financial and operations acumen, that really changed how I think about my own departments!
The HIDDEN assumptions, we don't even consider until we start thinking differently, with a process! I have even been in lots of process meetings where we use a lot of the same logic exercises used here too, in strange business situations we'd hope to never come across in real life, but find ways to solve, and try NOT to assume anything that's not written down. It's all just fun bits of the cognitive process in the beginning.
I just wish I had read it earlier. Now I'm older and wiser, but still assume things too often when starting a new project. This's another great help.
This book is about teaching people skills that can prove valuable in their personal and professional lives so they are not just accepting things thrown in front of them and are engaged in challenging material and questioning conclusions and assumptions. It has logic exercises that are intense and offer a challenge to your mind so you can hone your critical thinking. Most people's brains are hardwired to look for quick and easy solutions and this book helps you break out of that so you're not falling back into old habits and staying in your comfort zone. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to wake up and break the monotony.
I have read a few critical thinking books recently (two from this author). There is a lot of knowledge which is presented via different techniques throughout the book. There is an intro to critical thinking complete with fundamental and theoretical examples. There are historical examples of how persuasion works. There is even some pictorial/diagram based models presented. I like that the many facets of the topics is presented in varying ways. It kept me interested throughout. Highly recommended.
I am actively looking for novels that are trying to give knowledge and help me become a better person. So far, I've been hooked on to novels that give critical thinking as it broadens my way of thinking. There are so many realistic scenarios that the author uses to help tie in concepts. Really easy to read.
This book demonstrates how critical thinking can be mastered. It is insightful and practical, a unique overview of critical thinking techniques that will improve your reasoning and decision making.
Written by a professor from an analytical background, it presents simple and effective ways to enhance critical, creative, analytical thinking and improve the whole process of cognitive learning. The book excels by showing how our brains and thinking skills can become more refined through a series of brief but significant approaches. This includes brainstorming with analogies, making mistakes, accepting that the smartest solutions are often also the simples ones, then committing to grow, improve, learn, and ultimately change your thinking.
This book has an approach that gives free permission to "thinking outside the box" since this is often where truth and insight are to be found. How to find the truth? What is the truth? The book gives specific guidance to these questions presenting the socratic questioning for example, thinking in analogies, learning critical writing and reading, learning how to extract and summarize information effectively etc.
All and all, there are lots of insightful tips, very applicable to real life situations - not just a collection of distant, abstract rambling on the benefits of critical thinking without any guidance how to actually learn it. This book should be read by everyone who is involved in intellectual work throughout his life. Great thanks for the author.