Survey of Critical Thinking Tools

Let's kick off the second year of think. with a survey meeting.  Harland will start things off by presenting some of the ideas from a current popular textbook on Critical Thinking, Schick and Vaughn's How to Think About Weird Things.  Bring your own favorite suggestions and we'll get together and talk about how to think better!

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  • Stephanie G.

    If anyone is interested, I found this very interesting this morning. I believe this came up in the discussion. http://longnow.org/seminars/02013/aug/13/thinking-fast-and-slow/

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the conversation got bogged down with metaphors and allegories as tools.

    January 15, 2014

  • Stephanie G.

    This came across my facebook feed this morning. http://www.fallacyfiles.org/taxonomy.html

    January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      http://www.fallacyfil...­

      "The distinction between a Formal and an Informal Fallacy is that a formal fallacy is based solely on logical form, and an informal fallacy takes into account the non-logical content of the argument. This roughly parallels the distinction between deductive and non-deductive modes of reasoning. Typically, formal fallacies occur within deductive contexts, whereas informal fallacies are committed by arguments that could be at best inductively strong. However, there are exceptions to this pattern, for instance Begging the Question. "

      1 · January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I do believe there's a fallacy in there somewhere. Obviously for someone to be relying so much on fallacy, there needs to be a history of failure or fear of failure to stimulate the behavior in question. People largely avoid these mistakes through training, not because they pick 'good' arguments.

      Among those with a strong talent in logic, informal fallacies will tend to be far more common.

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up last night, which wasn't discussed much (too much sour grapes): Perceptivity, the fact that some people can share a perceptive experience, say by listening or watching, and others have a quite different experience in the same context. Is this evidence for highly differentiated minds, or is it due to our varied experiences?

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    An A-Z of Critical Thinking, edited by Beth Black

    http://www.amazon.com/An-A-Z-Critical-Thinking/dp/1441117970

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also this list of cognitive biases

      http://en.wikipedia.o...­

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • mary

      ThanKs!

      January 8, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    This will be my first meetup, seems like a good place to start!

    January 7, 2014

    • Stephanie G.

      This group, 2 months ago was also my first ever meetup. It made me want to sign up for TONS more... It's a great group.

      January 8, 2014

    • Gretchen

      There's so much available! To receive the max number of notifications for Meetup groups that you might like, list in your Meetup profile every interest that you have. (I have abut 200 items.)

      January 8, 2014

  • mary

    I couldn't find Schick and Vaunghn's book, and haven't read THE BALONEY DETECTION KIT, but I have WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE WEIRD THINGS, which I will revisit before next we meet next week.

    MaryMac

    PS -- Just curious, but why is this a field dominated by white guys? As part of the unwashed, would welcome suggestions about contributions from others. Thanks.

    January 1, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Oh dear, Mary if you're not familiar with Louie CK just ignore my comment. Also that wiki site for fallacies you mentioned above is amazing. After perusing it I now think that to speak is to "fallicize" (even tho that's probably wrong).

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • mary

      Wait!!!!!!! Please enlighten me! At least about Louie CK. You can't drop a reference and leave me hanging (or course you CAN, but that doesn't promote learning). I think your comment about "to fallicize" is one of the wittiest and most to the point and most vexing and most sarcastic and most truthful and most provocative and most representative of that with which we are struggling and and and.... And ain't life complex! Have been battling some winter cold/flu/ whatever and thinking not up to tonight. I'll try at least to attend for an hour or so.

      January 8, 2014

  • Chris

    I might come late to this, but I'm hoping that might be okay. There's a writing critique group I was thinking to stop in on earlier that may partially overlap.

    January 8, 2014

  • Stephanie G.

    This book helped kick off my recognition of logical fallacies... http://www.amazon.com/The-Modern-Scholar-Rhetoric-Persuasion/dp/B001EBHFDY

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been trying to think up weird things all week and looking forward to the survey. I wonder how many tools will break?

    January 7, 2014

  • michelle b.

    my first think meetup, sounds fantastic!

    January 7, 2014

  • Chris M.

    Considering its profound significance in seeking description of "human purpose", that it has a wide range of possible meanings, and that it is frequently bandied about without definition, it could be very interesting, instructive, and beneficial to discuss the "happiness" concepts. - Chris Mooers

    January 4, 2014

  • Greg. G.

    I can't join until a woman of color joins.

    January 1, 2014

  • Bob V.

    This may be my favorite subject. I will bring along my bologna detection kit.

    December 31, 2013

    • Bob V.

      I took a class on critical thinking at PSU not long ago. The textbook for the class was "The Baloney Detection Kit" by Michael Shermer. If you are interested, you can find it at http://homepages.wmic...­

      January 1, 2014

    • Bob V.

      There is also a YouTube video at http://www.youtube.co...­

      January 1, 2014

  • Larry M.

    Out of town.

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    about how late do you think you will still be there?

    December 29, 2013

    • Harland

      The "official" meetings are from 7-9 but some people often hang out until 10 or so in the bar.

      December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a meeting where someone could come late, and if so, how late do you think would be ok? (I have a language conversation group on Wednesdays)

    December 29, 2013

    • Harland

      Sure, show up anytime, we're easy.

      December 29, 2013

  • mary

    Great way to start a thoughtful year!

    December 29, 2013

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