Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking by Vincent Ruggiero

By Vincent Ruggiero

This succinct, interdisciplinary advent to severe pondering effectively dares scholars to question their very own assumptions and to amplify their pondering in the course of the research of the most typical difficulties linked to daily reasoning.

The textual content deals a distinct and potent association: half I explains the basic thoughts; half II describes the commonest obstacles to severe considering; half III deals concepts for overcoming these limitations.

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I guess it goes to show that women are more emotional than men. 45 "A Current Affair," Fox TV, April 28, 1989. 5B. 46 Roger Hu 33 P1-C02- THE BASIC PROBLEM: "MIND IS BETTER" It's natural enough to like our own possessions better than other people's possessions. (One exception to the rule occurs when we are envying others. ) Our possessions are extensions of ourselves. When first graders turn to their classmates and say, "My dad is bigger than yours" or "My shoes are newer" or "My crayons color better," they are not just speaking about their fathers or their shoes or crayons.

46 Henrietta: That lawyer must be making a joke against feminism. He can't be serious. Burt: Why not? It's clearly a case of discrimination. Henrietta: Look, we both know why ladies' nights are scheduled in bars: as a gimmick to attract customers. The women flock to the bars to get cheap drinks, and the men flock there because the women are there. It's no different from other gimmicks, such as mud-wrestling contests and "two for the price of one" cocktail hours. Burt: Sorry, Hank. It's very different from two-for-one cocktail hours, where a person of either sex can buy a cocktail at the same price.

Decide whether you accept or reject the following arguments. Be careful to avoid both "mine is better" thinking and resistance to change, and judge the issues impartially. You may wish to research the issues further before judging. a. Beer and wine commercials should be banned form television because they glamorize drinking, leading people to associate it with love and friendship and happiness. Such associations are every bit as misleading as those used to sell cigarettes. Alcohol commercials surely are a contributing factoring the current increase in alcohol abuse by adults and children.

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