An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity: Think by J. Y. F. Lau

By J. Y. F. Lau

This ebook is ready the fundamental ideas that underlie severe considering and creativity. nearly all of the content material is on severe considering in view that extra subject matters are certainly concerned and because they are often mentioned quite simply and systematically. the previous few chapters are dedicated to creativity and examine method, now not usual the book’s plethora of pageant. each one bankruptcy introduces a particular subject, frequently by means of introducing the appropriate theories together with reasonable examples that exhibit how the theories could be utilized. every one bankruptcy concludes with a suite of routines whose suggestions are targeted on the rear of the ebook. whereas the writing variety is purposefully casual, the presentation is whole, no less than with appreciate to the meant introductory point.

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We now look at these situations one by one. 1 UNCLEAR MEANING Lack of clarity can arise in many ways. The words we use might be ambiguous or imprecise or the meanings are incomplete. But it can also be due to the failure to organize ideas properly. 1 Ambiguity An ambiguous expression is one with more than one meaning or reference. There are different kinds of ambiguity. Lexical ambiguities are cases where a single word or name has more than one meaning in a language—for example, deep ("deep insight" vs.

Statement 2: One stone weighs 20 kilograms. b) Two students joined the same company at the same time. How much more money per month does trainee X now earn than trainee Y? Statement 1 : Y earns $3000 per month more than when he first started. Statement 2: X earns $5000 per month more than when she first started. c) What is the total number of cakes that Elia and Maddalena have eaten? Statement 1: Elia ate twice as many cakes as Maddalena. Statement 2: Maddalena ate two cakes fewer than Elia. 6 Describe the mistake in this argument in terms of necessary and sufficient conditions: Students who do not study always fail the exam.

We learn words like green, warm and cold through examples and not complete definitions. Other words like time and existence seem so basic and hard to define even though we understand them well enough in everyday life. In any case, it is surely impossible to define all the words we use without circularity, since our language contains only a finite number of words. A second misconception about definitions is to think that dictionaries provide the most accurate and authoritative definitions. Dictionaries are of course useful in learning a language, but dictionary entries often describe only the main usage of a term, leaving out its more subtle aspects.

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