If he's in Beijing, and[br]it's impossible to get here from Beijing in an afternoon,[br]then it's guaranteed that he won't be at the party.And when you notice things like that, when you distinguish between good and bad reasons for believing something, you're exercising your[br]critical thinking skills.This skill of discernment is critical in today’s advertising rich world.Chloe’s thoughts: For one who was, “not too interested” in learning about logic she very much enjoyed the Art of Argument and is looking forward to finishing it up.She likes the lengths of the lessons, the question prompts, and those ad pages.Final thoughts: Chloe will keep using this program throughout the rest of this year and probably will aim to finish it by spring or early next year. I teach at Northern Illinois University, and this is an introduction[br]to critical thinking. And third, what's the difference between deductive and ampliative arguments? Well, fundamentally, critical thinking is about making sure that you have good reasons for your beliefs. So suppose that you and your friend are talking about who's[br]gonna be at tonight's party.In this lesson, we're gonna[br]talk about three things. And she says to you, quite confidently, "Monty won't be at the party." You're not sure whether[br]or not to believe her, so it would be natural[br]for you to follow up by asking, "Why do you think so?
We're gonna talk about three possible answers she could give.
Rational people want to have true beliefs, and they want not to have false beliefs.
And the best way to be[br]rational in this way is to form beliefs only when you find good reasons for them.
I love the indepth approach and the focus on critical thinking.
I am also grateful for for the “advertising” pages within the book that teaches a student to look for fallacies/logical errors within the ads.