What is critical thinking (and why does it matter?)? PART ONE: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEING REASONABLE Chapter 1: Understanding the reasons behind things Chapter 2: Spelling out arguments and assumptions Chapter 3: Reasoning with logic and certainty Chapter 4: Reasoning with observation and uncertainty Chapter 5: Developing explanations and theories Chapter 6: Assessing evidence and planning your reading strategy PART TWO: BEING REASONABLE IN AN UNREASONABLE WORLD Chapter 7: Getting to grips with rhetoric Chapter 8: Seeing through faulty reasoning Chapter 9: Understanding cognitive bias Chapter 10: Overcoming bias in yourself and others Chapter 11: Thinking critically about technology Chapter 12: Putting it all together: critical thinking in study, work and life
Dr. Tom Chatfield is an author, tech philosopher and broadcaster. His books exploring the skills required to thrive in a digital age, including 'Critical Thinking' (SAGE) and 'Live This Book!' (Penguin), are published in over thirty territories and languages. His debut novel, the thriller 'This Is Gomorrah' (Hodder), was published worldwide in July 2019. Tom is interested in improving our understanding of digital technology and its uses in policy, education, and engagement. He is currently technology and media advisor at Agathos LLP; non-executive director at the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society; a faculty member at London's School of Life; a Master's committee member at the Economics Research Council; a past guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford; and a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute. Past collaborators include Google, the BBC, Channel 4 Education, Mind Candy, Shift, Flamingo London, Six to Start, Preloaded, Firefish, Future Lab, Sense Worldwide, Sugru, and Allianz. Tom speaks and broadcasts around the world on technology, the arts, and media. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@Google; the World Congress on Information Technology; Science Foo Camp; Intelligence Squared; the Houses of Parliament; Aspen Seminars for Leaders; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Googleplex. A launch columnist for the BBC's worldwide technology site, BBC Future, Tom writes and commentates widely in the international media, as well as guest lectures at universities in the UK and Europe. He is a regular on BBC radio and television, and broadcasts around the world.
This primer on critical thinking expertly introduces reasoning,
argumentation, rhetoric, and bias, and how understanding those
concepts can make us better readers, researchers, and writers.
Chatfield chooses just the right combination of formal writing and
casual address, creating the feeling that readers are learning from
a trusted, witty friend. -- Michelle Glatt
Tom Chatfield's Critical Thinking contains sensible, grounded examples, and illustrations...serving as a useful primer to the subject. This is a book happy to be written on, queried and argued with. The exercises sprinkled throughout are well judged and encourage a deep reading. The consistency of tone and design make it an impressive achievement, bringing light and clarity to an area which can present as murky and vague. I recommend it strongly. It will certainly be a useful addition to the teaching materials my school already uses, but its appeal goes well beyond classroom walls due to its breadth, depth and the clarity of its outlook...I would be very happy to see students and colleagues alike walking around campus with dog-eared, annotated and bookmarked copies of Critical Thinking. -- Tim Jones
I can't stress enough what an excellent addition this is to a rather - what I thought, anyway - saturated market. Well done to all involved! It's a very comprehensive text, and one which I'd happily recommend to staff and students alike. I'll certainly be drawing inspiration from it when building class resources in future.-- Sunny Dhillon
Tom Chatfield has excelled at the way to interact with the independent learner in this book by explaining not just the skill of critical thinking, but the reasons behind its need in the day-to-day life. 'Critical Thinking' will leave one with a universal skill which is crucial to any millennial in the modern world. A perfect guide to better learning and beyond.-- Yan, 1st Year Computer and Management Sciences
This is a very comprehensive, well elaborated and clearly structured book. It provides readers with systematically organized concepts and skills to improve their critical thinking in an easily accessible way, laying a vital foundation for their future academic study, professional work and life. It is especially helpful for the first-year college students who are about to embark on their academic life.-- Shuo Zhao, CAES, Surrey International Institute (SII), Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE), Dalian, China