Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book Review: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking by Robin Wood. This book introduces critical thinking as the process of using reasoning to discern what is true, and what is 
false, in the phrases and "sound bytes" we hear everyday.After a brief discussion about the terms associated with this, like comfort zone, errors, fallacies etc., the essential steps involved in critical thinking is described. This consists of four attributes, each having possibility of acquiring different values, and consequently leading to a host of parameters. How these variables take part in assessing the premises, forming arguments and drawing conclusions are discussed. The book ends with a Short List of Logical Fallacies. Which are:
-Fallacies of Induction
-Fallacies of Distraction ie. Misuse of an Operator
-Syllogistic Errors
-Fallacies of Propositional Logic
-Fallacies of Ambiguity
-Changing the Subject and Misdirection
-Fallacies of Causality, etc.
This is a good book, especially for those interested in studying things. I wish I read this long ago.