So You Think You Can Think: Tools for Having Intelligent Conversations and Getting Along

October 31, 2020
So You Think You Can Think: Tools for Having Intelligent Conversations and Getting Along

Unlike any other time in history, we are inundated withinformation from many sources of media, and depending on one’sideology, the results can be fractious. Everyone’s racing to catchup to what is reliable, dependable, and true – all the while,feeling deep, emotional, attachments to our personal understandingof important issues. It has unfortunately become fashionable toclaim that what people feel about issues should be taken asseriously as the facts about those issues. Emotional attachment tospecific viewpoints and the facts about the world are often twocompletely different things, and we need to keep them distinct.The skill set of Critical Thinking allows us to better separatefacts from feelings and acknowledges that there is value to ourbeliefs, our ideas, and our opinions and that some are simplybetter than others. But what makes these objects of the mind andinfluences of behavior good, bad, better, or worse? Luckily, muchof the hard work has already been done. Philosophers,mathematicians, logicians, scientists, writers, and many othershave developed the Critical Thinking tools that require all of usto make such valued distinctions.Here, DiCarlo has taken six of the most important tools anddistilled them into a skill set that is easy to remember andpractical to apply in everyday life. This skill set provides anyonewith the capacity to be mature, diplomatic, and fair, and todisagree in a civil manner. For the majority of us, developing suchskills will not happen overnight ... or in a week, or a month. Itis something that is ongoing and requires continuous practice,development, and use. And in today’s age of immediacy, withinformation and opinion just a click away, there seems to be lessand less time in which to practice such skills. Perhaps this is oneof the reasons so many people are feeling their way through issuesrather than thinking critically about them. With a betterunderstanding of the tenets of critical thinking, though, readerswill come away from this book with a renewed sense of engagementwith thoughts, opinions, feelings, and facts.