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Critical Thinking, Step by Step

General Description:

This book gives a comprehensive, elementary, and innovative introduction to critical thinking. It starts with a new, relatively nonsymbolic method of analyzing and evaluating any piece of reasoning (Arrow Diagramming). It presents a new, great expansion of syllogistic logic and a very simple method of determining validity. It goes over the epistemology of justification, and the basic philosophical ideas behind critical thinking. Other texts apply this material at most to pseudoscience, because it's safe to criticize pseudoscience. This text applies critical thinking also to religion, and global corporate capitalism. It exhibits naturalism, materialism, atheism, humanism, and social democratic thinking as logical consequences of critical thinking. It is illustrated with 60+ line drawings.