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St. Paul February Meetting

In 1971, “Think Like a Grandmaster” by Soviet Grandmaster Alexander Kotov was published in English.  It stirred a sensation among chess masters in the United States.  For the first time, there was an in-depth exploration of the training methods employed in the Soviet Union to train young masters to analyze chess positions systematically and accurately.  American chess masters, on reading the book, realized that our natural tendencies were very opposite – bad habits that had to be corrected.  Are the lessons of Kotov’s book transferrable to everyday life?

George Kane was a professional chess player in the early 1970s.  In 1972 he won the championship of the storied Marshall Chess Club in New York City with a record score of 10½ points in 11 games.  He represented the US in the Chess Olympiad in Skopje, Yugoslavia in 1972, and in 1973 played in the US Invitational Championship.  His highest rating was 2540.  George was a founding member of the Critical Thinking Club, and has given a presentation each year.

Breakfast Buffet $11.00 Coffee only $3.00.  We need to plan for the room setup and meal, so if you are going to attend, please RSVP by noon on Friday, February 1.

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  • Lee S.

    Meeting was great but would suggest the speaker needs to clarify the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning. The former starts with a conlusion and finds evidence to support it,i.e. as religious apoligetics. Inductive reasoning gathers the evidence first and then arrives at a conclusion.

    February 4, 2013

    • George K.

      Actually, at the beginning of the presentation I did speak about the difference. Mathematics and formal logic are closed, deductive systems in which one deals with absolute certainty. Inductive reasoning deals with facts in the material world that we learn through evidence and testimony. Here we can never achieve certainty, but can only try to increase our level of confidence in our conclusions.

      February 4, 2013

    • George K.

      Damn, I just cannot avoid hitting the enter key to start a new paragraph!

      I was going to add that I also discussed early on how critical thinking uses a truth-seeking tool kit that is different than the tool kit used for persuasive speaking.

      February 4, 2013

  • Paul C.

    well presented

    February 3, 2013

  • Bob S.

    It was great. Critical Thinking was advanced today.

    February 3, 2013

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