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Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking

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The habits and attitudes associated with critical thinking are transferable to consumer, medical, legal, and general ethical choices. When our surgeon says surgery is needed, it can be life sustaining to seek answers to the critical questions encouraged in Asking the Right Questions This popular book helps bridge the gap between simply memorizing or blindly accepting infor ...more
Paperback, 8th Edition, 240 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Longman (first published 1981)
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Megan Dascoli
Sep 27, 2007 Megan Dascoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every person who talks.
This book is very accessible to all levels of yound adult and adult readers. It is broken down into 12 critial thinking questions that you ask when someone presents you with an argument to determine if the argument makes sense. The process is simple and is very valuable to apply to every situation where some one is trying to influence your opinion. This means arguements, advertisements, articles. It is practical, builds on itself, and presents many examples to test your comprehension and ability ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty good. If you want to know how to think (I know "How to think? That's stupid, but really . . .) then this is a good one. Used this several times. It's a pretty easy read and helps you think critically, logically, to avoid fallacies . . . all the good critical thinking stuff. If you don't know about this stuff and never took the course in high school, it's not only going to help you analyze stories better but think more successfully in work, school, community and more. Essential stu ...more
Sirwaan Nemati
Oct 25, 2015 Sirwaan Nemati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نام کتاب : راهنمای تفکر نقادانه، پرسیدن سوالهای بهجا
عنوان اصلی: Asking The Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 8th ed, c2007
نویسندگان: ام. نیل براون، استیوارت ام. کیلی
ترجمه: کوروش کامیاب/ ویراستار: هومن پناهنده
انتشارات مینوی خرد / چاپ چهارم 1394، ویراست سوم / قیمت: 23000 تومان / 338 صفحه
بعد از خواندن این کتاب نوشتن و حرف زدن کمی برای من سخت شده است. در جایی خواندهام که انسانهای داری عقل سلیم کم حرف هستند! و این کتاب به دنبال این موضوع است. چگونه عقل سلیم را به کار ببریم؟ شاید این مسئل
Alaa Bahabri
Nov 25, 2014 Alaa Bahabri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب يجمع ما بين الرؤية الفكرية، والتدريب المهاري للتفكير,,

تتلخص فكرته في طرحه ل11 سؤالاً من المهم أن تطرحها ليكون لديك تفكير نقدي تجاه القضايا,,و بالتأكيد تفكير منطقي،،
تدور معظم فصول الكتاب حول ماهية القضايا، والمبررات، والنتائج، والقيم الكامنة خلفها، والتوصفات للواقع، و أغاليط الاستدلال ، وما لم يذكر..وهو مانحتاجه بشكل كبير في مجتمعاتنا التي تطرح القضايا بشكل غير منطقي،،و مضلل في كثير من الأحيان

أحببت الكتاب جداً، ومن الممكن تحويله لمادة تدريبية، أوحتى مقرر جامعي، والكتاب في الأصل يدرس في أمري
Matt Strohmeyer
Jul 07, 2014 Matt Strohmeyer rated it liked it
Very accessible but somewhat simplistic view of Critical Thinking. Mostly practical with little discussion of the theoretical / interdisciplinary approach to foster critical thinking. Ideas of the "sponge" and "panning for gold" provide good analogies of how to learn with a critical eye.
Jun 14, 2016 Gabrielam13 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filosofie
Una dintre cărțile care ar trebui să fie lectură obligatorie pentru orice persoană. Eu, personal, aș introduce-o chiar și în sistemul de învățământ, de la cele mai mici clase.

Acest ghid de gândire critică este un instrument foarte concis, clar și convingător, pe care îl putem folosi pentru a învăța cum să gândim critic. M. Neil Browne propune un set de întrebări, pe care ar trebui să ni le punem de fiecare dată când suntem într-o controversă pentru a putea detecta dacă raționamentul propus de i
Dave B.
‘Asking the right Questions’ was a great book for two reasons. First, it provides several relevant examples. Second, the book is concise and only presents essential information. I compare it to Strunk and White’s ‘Elements of Style,’ the classic grammar reference for avoiding needless fluff or pointless anecdotes. It’s about 180 pages and provides a great companion book for Paul & Elder’s ‘Critical Thinking: tools for taking charge of your professional and personal life’. The following is a ...more
David Stephens
Nov 18, 2012 David Stephens rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
Asking the Right Questions provides readers with a solid walk through of how to critically analyze a formal or informal piece of argumentative writing. It clearly lists the steps one needs to take to understand and evaluate an argument, which it thinks of as a "sponge and filter" approach. First, readers must absorb the information presented by doing any of the following: summarizing, finding the thesis and reasons for support, rooting out any ambiguity, and finding the writer's underlying assum ...more
May 04, 2016 عدنان rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 / 5

أخيراً بعد سنتيَن ونصف من بداية قرآءة الكتاب عدت إليه هذا الشهر وأنهيته، وما ساعدني على الإنهاء وربط نصف الكتاب الذي قرآءته سابقاً بالنصف الذي قرأته حالياً هو تلخيصي وتحديدي للنقاط.

سبب توقفي عن القرآءة هو كالعادة (الترجمة) فالإشكال في الترجمة بالنسبة لي في هذا الكتاب كان على عدة مستويات:
. الأول في ترجمة المصطلحات الإنجليزية كــ:
Statement - Claim - Argument - Premises وغير ذلك فهي ترجمات لم تكن واضحة ودقيقة بالنسبة لي وأشكلت علي كثيراً للربط بينها
. المستوى الثاني كان في صياغة الجمل والقط
Todd Allen
Nov 02, 2013 Todd Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve neither taken a course in critical thinking nor have I read any other books on the subject. After reading this short-yet-comprehensive work, I’ve come to the opinion that the incorporation of the subject matter it contains is of great importance for everyone. Browne and Keeley’s tome catalogues and dissects the many entanglements inherent in the communications we receive, process and judge. Outlined is a menu of critical thinking tools, built upon multiple revisions and improvements, and ai ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: achs
This book was required reading for my Critical Thinking 101 class at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I greatly enjoyed the book, and while it took me a little bit to read, digest, and be sure I understood what the book was explaining, I found it to be very interesting and enlightening. The examples were very helpful. It explained several fallacies of quick thinking, and described that slow thinking is a better option to better analyze arguments and opinions of others. I have been ab ...more
Muhammad  Shalaby
finalword quote:
Your best strategy is to present yourself as someone, who like the person who made the argument in the first place is stumbling around, but always watchful for better conclusions. Openness is a central value of a critical thinker, and you show that openness by your eagerness to listen and discover. Whoever finds the better conclusion first is not relevant; what is important is the search for better conclusions. If you give signals to those trying to persuade you that you are thei
Abigail Bowman
Ugh. I have been reminded by this read why I hate reading for school sometimes.
Menglong Youk
"Asking the Right Questions" is perhaps the most informative critical thinking book I've read so far. It breaks down into 12 helpful steps for us to choose whether we accept or reject the author's reasoning. From figuring out what reasons and conclusions are to ambiguity, assumption, fallacies, statistics and many more with relevant examples, next time, we will think more critically before accepting what we read and listen to. I need to reread this book next year.

Here is the last advice of the b
Sha Hafez
Dec 27, 2013 Sha Hafez rated it really liked it
يتطلب منا التفكير الناقد أن نطبِّق الأسئلة الناقدة على كافة الإدعاءات، بما فيها تلك الخاصة بنا. من خلال إجبار أنفسنا على النظر إلى معتقداتنا الأولية بشكل ناقد، فإننا نحمي أنفسنا من التقيُّد والخداع الذاتي. من السهل أن نتمسك فقط بالمعتقدات الحالية، خاصةً عندما يشاركها العديد من الناس.

إن التفكير الناقد لا يجبرنا بالضرورة أن نتخلى عن معتقداتنا الأولية. بل يمكنه أن يوفر أساسًا لتعزيزها؛ لأن الفحص الناقد لتلك المعتقدات سيعزز في بعض الأحيان التزامنا الأصلي بها.
Saeed Ozah
Nov 12, 2014 Saeed Ozah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نویسندگان کتاب خیلی خوب از عهده آموزش مبانی تفکر انتقادی، یا به تعبیر خودشان غربال کردن اندیشه ها بر آمده اند. با زبان عامیانه و مثال های متعدد به مخاطب چگونگی تشخیص استدلال قوی از ضعیف، باور موجه و غیر موجه را آموز ش می دهند.
May 13, 2015 Igor rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most useful books I've ever read. It very much changed the way I think about many things, making me, as it so beautifully, and perhaps too flatteringly in my case called, a scientific skeptic. In any case, it teaches a few simple principles one should follow when assessing and evaluating information to avoid believing in things that are untrue. I think, that's one of the books that absolutely everybody should've read.
Ahmed Hamad
May 05, 2015 Ahmed Hamad rated it really liked it
That was a great read. The structuring is quite brilliant, with the content being easy to both apprehend and retain. It is simple, to the point, and still encourages the proper "critical thinker attitude" throughout the book. Even though it could have been shorter without losing much value, it is -in my humble opinion- still possibly one of the greatest books to start with in the topic of critical thinking.
Hom Sack
Apr 03, 2015 Hom Sack rated it it was amazing
Clearly presented in a logical sequence with many instructive examples. Highly recommended.
Oct 18, 2008 D rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Shelves: nonfiction
Why didn't I read this book when I was younger?!(Slams palm to forehead)
Huang Bingzhang
Aug 21, 2014 Huang Bingzhang rated it it was amazing
A must-read guide for all critical thinkers
Oct 16, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very very good book on critical thinking.
Jun 20, 2015 Andrei rated it really liked it
E genul de carte pe care o citești și gândești "eu fac deja asta" sau "știam deja asta", dar abordarea sistematizată și simplificată face ca lectura să fie utilă și ușor de digerat, venind cu anumite detalii pe care, eu cel puțin, nu le conștientizam ca atare.
Jul 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book taught me a lot about how I think, and how the assumptions I (and others) have affect our quality of thought. Clarified a whole bunch. Ambiguity, fallacies, assumptions, values, evidence. It's all in here and more.
Christopher Partin
Dec 28, 2014 Christopher Partin rated it liked it
it is OK but weak on fallacy section and not as complete as Hurley ' s intro to logic
Jeff Cai
Feb 24, 2014 Jeff Cai rated it really liked it
to ask right question, first you need identify: conclusion, reasons, and then analyze reasons do make sense and conclusion can be inferred from those reasons.
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Leo Nguyễn
May 07, 2016 Leo Nguyễn rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Not very academic but very straight, clear and concise.
It was dry but interesting.
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