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This book is like a toolbox, full of different kinds of tools you can use for different thinking tasks. Just as you use the wrench in a regular tool box to fix the sink, so you can use the tools we give you in this book to solve thinking problems. - When it is dumb to argue - Using the scientific method - Five rules of brainstorming - Who has a reason to lie? - How to analyze o This book is like a toolbox, full of different kinds of tools you can use for different thinking tasks. Just as you use the wrench in a regular tool box to fix the sink, so you can use the tools we give you in this book to solve thinking problems. - When it is dumb to argue - Using the scientific method - Five rules of brainstorming - Who has a reason to lie? - How to analyze opposing viewpoints - How to analyze evidence and sources - How to list reasons why you believe something - And much more We wrote this book for children and adults who want to learn logic and critical thinking skills. The Thinking Toolbox follows the same style as The Fallacy Detective with lessons and exercises and an answer key in the back. Parents and teachers, as well as anybody who wants to learn logic, will find The Thinking Toolbox easy to use and practical. Features: - Fun to use – not dry like a math textbook - Can be used after The Fallacy Detective - Introductory – teaches skills you can use right away - Self-teaching format - For ages thirteen and older - Over 60 cartoon illustrations by Richard LaPierre


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This book is like a toolbox, full of different kinds of tools you can use for different thinking tasks. Just as you use the wrench in a regular tool box to fix the sink, so you can use the tools we give you in this book to solve thinking problems. - When it is dumb to argue - Using the scientific method - Five rules of brainstorming - Who has a reason to lie? - How to analyze o This book is like a toolbox, full of different kinds of tools you can use for different thinking tasks. Just as you use the wrench in a regular tool box to fix the sink, so you can use the tools we give you in this book to solve thinking problems. - When it is dumb to argue - Using the scientific method - Five rules of brainstorming - Who has a reason to lie? - How to analyze opposing viewpoints - How to analyze evidence and sources - How to list reasons why you believe something - And much more We wrote this book for children and adults who want to learn logic and critical thinking skills. The Thinking Toolbox follows the same style as The Fallacy Detective with lessons and exercises and an answer key in the back. Parents and teachers, as well as anybody who wants to learn logic, will find The Thinking Toolbox easy to use and practical. Features: - Fun to use – not dry like a math textbook - Can be used after The Fallacy Detective - Introductory – teaches skills you can use right away - Self-teaching format - For ages thirteen and older - Over 60 cartoon illustrations by Richard LaPierre

30 review for The Thinking Toolbox: Thirty-Five Lessons That Will Build Your Reasoning Skills

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Meyers

    I thought the Fallacy Detective was more coherent and enjoyable. This seemed like a cornucopia of general topics relating to improvement of the mind and logic, such as brainstorming, listing pros and cons of an argument, the difference between an argument and a disagreement, and the differences between fact, inference, and opinion (my favorite parts). I may also not rate it quite as high because we took a long school break in the middle of the book, so maybe I didn't remember some of the parts w I thought the Fallacy Detective was more coherent and enjoyable. This seemed like a cornucopia of general topics relating to improvement of the mind and logic, such as brainstorming, listing pros and cons of an argument, the difference between an argument and a disagreement, and the differences between fact, inference, and opinion (my favorite parts). I may also not rate it quite as high because we took a long school break in the middle of the book, so maybe I didn't remember some of the parts which made it seem less connected. But overall, this was very good for what it is, and for its audience, as an introduction to logical thinking and the inductive scientific method. For serious classical students, I think they should go on for another year or so with a text like Isaac Watts's Logic and/or Improvement of the Mind and/ or Memoria Press's curric on Aristotelian Logic. But thanks to the Bluedorns for engaging writing style and putting together lots of miscellaneous "thinking" topics that I wanted my kids to learn and wouldn't have found all together in our everyday curriculum.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rana

    This is an enjoyable read that makes learning fun. The authors have a great sense of humor and use great sometimes real-life and sometimes just memorable far-out-there examples to teach various logic concepts. I highly recommend it as well as their other book, The Fallacy Detective, for homeschool text books on learning a Christian view of logic. They look like they are recommended for about age 13 to adult and can be self-teaching books. As a homeschool parent, I actually enjoyed reading both b This is an enjoyable read that makes learning fun. The authors have a great sense of humor and use great sometimes real-life and sometimes just memorable far-out-there examples to teach various logic concepts. I highly recommend it as well as their other book, The Fallacy Detective, for homeschool text books on learning a Christian view of logic. They look like they are recommended for about age 13 to adult and can be self-teaching books. As a homeschool parent, I actually enjoyed reading both books with my children and going through the exercises together. This way we all spent quality time as a family learning --one of my favorite things about homeschooling. <3

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa McCulloch

    Good for teaching the kiddos.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lebenator

    This is not traditional logic. It's more about general study skills and thinking habits. This is not traditional logic. It's more about general study skills and thinking habits.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Fun and simple book for learning basic thinking tools, logic, etc.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jorge

    Good books to teach children how to think critically and use the scientific method. Hope to use these when we homeschool our children. Also check their "Fallacy Detective" book. Good books to teach children how to think critically and use the scientific method. Hope to use these when we homeschool our children. Also check their "Fallacy Detective" book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacks

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I am reading through this (and discussing) with my 11-year-olds. My 7-year-old is sitting in and he's able to understand and answer, so maybe he'll be formally included! They're all really liking the lessons and think they're "funny". I like to watch the little gears in their heads turning. I am reading through this (and discussing) with my 11-year-olds. My 7-year-old is sitting in and he's able to understand and answer, so maybe he'll be formally included! They're all really liking the lessons and think they're "funny". I like to watch the little gears in their heads turning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Noel

    I marked another school subject off my list of schoolwork to get done this week :) The Bluedorn's books on logic are quite entertaining. I marked another school subject off my list of schoolwork to get done this week :) The Bluedorn's books on logic are quite entertaining.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great starter for debate students. Not as fun as The Fallacy Detective, but still quite humorous for a logic textbook.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I preferred the more serious and true examples and exercises to the humorous, concocted ones. I think this book would be more suitable for middle-schoolers than high-schoolers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zeke

    This book was super funny but it was also educational. But all over it was fun to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book is so engaging and makes concepts in critical thinking easy to understand for young people.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kenyan

    the chapters are nice and short. they are also frequently entertaining.

  15. 5 out of 5

    kei

    Good companion to "The Fallacy Detective." Most of the info here can be found elsewhere, but the quirky thinking exercises and funny questions are special to this book. I definitely recommend it. Good companion to "The Fallacy Detective." Most of the info here can be found elsewhere, but the quirky thinking exercises and funny questions are special to this book. I definitely recommend it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Verena

    This had some great stuff in it. Some of it was just too dorky and some just not that well thought out. I'm glad we read it though. This had some great stuff in it. Some of it was just too dorky and some just not that well thought out. I'm glad we read it though.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Batchelor

    Some interesting thoughts on how to increase logical thinking. Some of it is corny. A bit young for my teens and is probably better geared towards 10-14 years old.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Traver

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian Frank

  21. 5 out of 5

    Morganne Keppner

  22. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mesut

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Reeves

  25. 5 out of 5

    J.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rowena Aldridge

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Mugglin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Stitzel

  30. 5 out of 5

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