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Best Books on Critical Thinking

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The Demon-Haunted World
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan - 1997-02-25 (first published in 1996)
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How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we dont understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to...
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2013-04-02
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
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Predictably Irrational
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Dan Ariely - 2010-04-27 (first published in 2008)
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Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expanded ed...
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The Art of Thinking Clearly
Rolf Dobelli - 2014-05-06 (first published in 2011)
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In engaging prose and with practical examples and anecdotes, an eye-opening look at human reasoning and essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make.Have you ever:• Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it?• Overpayed in an Ebay auction?• Continued doing something you knew was bad for you?• Sold stocks ...
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Nigel Warburton
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How to Think about Weird Things
Critical Thinking for a New Age
Theodore Schick, Lewis Vaughn - 2010-02-03 (first published in 1994)
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This brief, affordable text helps students to think critically, using examples from the weird claims and beliefs that abound in our culture to demonstrate the sound evaluation of any claim. It explains step-by-step how to sort through reasons, evaluate evidence, and tell when a claim is likely to be true....
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Think Smarter
Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills
Michael Kallet - 2014-04-07
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Train your brain for better decisions, problem solving, and innovation"Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills" is the comprehensive guide to training your brain to do more for you. Written by a critical thinking trainer and coach, the book presents a pragmatic set of tools to apply critical thinking t...
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Wait, What?
And Life's Other Essential Questions
James E. Ryan - 2017-04-04
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Based on the wildly popular commencement address, the art of asking (and answering) good questions by the dean of Harvard University's Graduate School od EducationWhether we're in the boardroom or the classroom, we spend far too much time and energy looking for the right answer. But the truth is that questions are just as important as answers, ofte...
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A Rulebook for Arguments
Anthony Weston - 2008-11-14 (first published in 1986)
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A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments, organized around specific rules, each illustrated and explained soundly but briefly. This widely popular primer--translated into eight languages--remains the first choice in all disciplines for writers who seek straightforward guidance about how to as...
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Raul Pacheco-Vega
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Weaponized Lies
How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
Daniel J. Levitin - 2017-03-06
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From The New York Times bestselling author of THE ORGANIZED MIND and THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Time...
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Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger
Critical Thinking by Tom Chatfield
Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds
The Critical Thinking Toolkit by Galen A. Foresman, Peter S. Fosl, Jamie C. Watson
How We Know What Isn't So by Thomas Gilovich
The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus