- 出版社: Qualitas Publishing (2010年3月15日)
- 平装: 294页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1897393601
- 条形码: 9781897393604
- 商品尺寸: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- 商品重量: 340 g
- ASIN: 1897393601
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The Little Blue Reasoning Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking (英语) 平装 – 2010年3月15日
"A wonderful work that shows how reasoning is challenging, yet engaging, rewarding and fun. Because reasoning involves people, it is an art as well as a science. And to remind ourselves just why it's not always easy to mix the two, we owe a cheerful salute to Nobel prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann who observed: 'Think how hard physics would be if particles could think.'"--Dr. William A. McEachern, author, award-winning teacher, and founding editor of The Teaching Economist
Unfortunately, it's all downhill from the table of contents. Nearly every chapter of Royal's book is studded with jarring non sequiturs and jumps in subject, beginning with the `preface', which is simply a logic humorous logic puzzle with no explanation at all. That turns out to be perfectly representative of what's to come. Royal loves lists. He loves lists a lot more than he loves any other form of writing, apparently, since most chapters consist of more lists than anything else; the last half of the book is nothing but lists. I ought to have been warned by the subtitle promising "50 powerful principles," but many of these appear to be simply classroom exercises pasted wholesale into this book (chapter two, embarrassingly, spends a page and a half with a list entitled `How is a good idea like an Iceberg?'[sic] and says "You may write your answers on a separate sheet of paper"!) Nor are the book's problems merely structural, but cross over into issues of fact; his first chapter erroneously describes the `infinite monkeys' thought experiment as the "billion chimpanzee" "saying" and then gives it as support for his statement that "the magic of chance or coincidence reminds us that almost anything is possible." This, unfortunately, is not true, as the mathematics only work as the number of monkeys approaches infinity. A technical point? Maybe. But surely if there's one place we have a right to expect rigor in thought and expression, it's a book on logic and critical thinking.
Those looking for good critical thinking resources for the classroom will be better served with Browne and Keeley's Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 9th Edition and Watanabe's Problem Solving 101, which together address intellectual/theoretical and practical critical thinking.
I sampled several titles then, in just a few minutes, bought and downloaded this little blue gem. I've already, less than 24 hours later, read a good deal of it, recognized some of the exercises that colleagues and I used 30 years ago teaching high school English, composition, and creative writing, sent off an email appreciation to the author, and damned if I didn't get a nice response from Brandon Royal himself....no foolin'! I wish I'd had this as a resource back then. It's even got me thinking about doing some substitute work and seeing if I could sneak in some exercises.
I got a bit excited imagining how this book, if used and applied widely in our school systems could help our thinkers and deciders of tomorrow deal more effectively with the real social, economic, and maybe even the political problems they will undoubtedly be facing.
As these sorts of serendipitous events go, I ended up with something more valuable than I set off to find.
Now just how to get this in front of educators, students, and even parents so the benefit of rational, critical thinking can be realized. It's really readable and worth the time and effort, which somehow seem less than one might imagine.
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