A Guide to Deep Thinking in a Shallow Age
by Myron Tuman
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"Critical Thinking.com is bound to raise a few hackles. It takes on two major thought-clichés of today´s world: first, that critical thinking is the ultimate form of thinking and that we know what it is when we encounter it; and, second, that the Internet promises us a brave new world of virtual literacy that will not only replace traditional literacy but improve it. Partly philosophical, partly practical, partly pedagogical, Critical Thinking.com is mostly a refreshing look at the interaction of knowledge production and technology. It is smart, more than a little daring, and probably will make you think a little differently about some of the things you thought you knew ˜ -- Gerald Early (Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters. Washington University)
"Critical thinking has been oversold as a cure for ignorance and apathy. Myron Tuman exposes the shallowness of the conventional recipes and provides a good thing instead--a book of incisive distinctions, captivating material, and provocative reflections. It is bound to leave the reader a more thoughtful person." -- Albert Borgmann (Department of Philosophy. The University of Montana)
Table of ContentPrologue: “Critical Thinking for Dummies” - - - - 9
Chapter 1 Thinking Critically (about Critical Thinking) - - - - 13
- “Critical” Questions
- Analysis or Reflection—Which One Is Critical?
- Analysis and Progress
- A Cautionary Conclusion about Critical Thinking
- Seven Elements of Critical Thinking as Reflection
- Coda: Descartes and Questioning
- Finding and Evaluating Web Content
- The Open Web
- The Invisible Web
- The Gated Web
- Libraries and Web Access
- Facts, Commentary, and Experts
- Hot Topics and Emily Dickinson
- Summary: Stephen King on the Web
- Coda: Stephen King for Free!
- News and Reflection
- The Two Sides of Thomas Jefferson
- Internal and External Clues
- More on Authority
- News on the Web
- Plato and Rushkoff
- Coda: Cold Fusion
- The End of Books and Libraries?
- What Is a Book?
- What Does It Mean to Read?
- Two Models of Libraries
- Libraries Without Walls, Libraries Without Books
- Coda: Books, Libraries, and Marshall McLuhan
- The “Free” World of the Web
- The First Freedom: Expression
- The Second Freedom: Information
- The Third Freedom: Association
- Defining Community
- Coda: Thomas Jefferson Revisited
- Grassroots and Astroturf
- Promotion, Top-Down and Bottom-Up
- Grassroots and Astroturf Selling with Buzz
- Coda: Swag and Fan Empowerment
- Passion, Identity, and Censorship
- Identity Politics
- Hate Groups, the Dark Side of Identity Politics
- The Appeal of Censorship
- Critical Thinking and Taboos
- Coda: Edgar Allen Poe’s “Purloined Letter”
- The Elements of Guile
- Stories as Subversion
- The Foolish Physics Professor
- The Comic as Subversive
- This American Life
- Coda: Chief Seattle, Another Populist Tale
- Xlibris US, August 2002
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