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The Thinker's Way

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A guide designed to encourage readers to dictate whether or not they will succeed in life. The authors shows, step by step, how everyone can improve their capacity to think critically, live creatively, choose freely and solve problems.
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Published March 8th 2000 by Back Bay Books (first published 1998)
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Mark
Apr 27, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
I'm glad I stumbled on this book in Powell's Books when I was in Portland for work several years ago. Many life changes took place after I bought it, so it sat in a box as I bounced around the country, but I finally got around to reading it.

I agree with the author's premise that we are becoming an "unthinking" society, and I believe it is even worse than when he first wrote this book about 12 years ago. But Dr. Chaffee presents a set of traits we can develop to return ourselves to a life that pr
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Intellectually stimulating
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Nov 08, 2008 Crystal marked it as non-fiction-someday  ·  review of another edition
HOW long have I had this book? A lot good that's done me.
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May 06, 2008 Hans rated it really liked it
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Interesting book advocating the need for critical thinking in a time of information overload. This book teaches techniques on how to sift through "data smog".
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