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For Reasoning Aficionados From All Walks of Life! This guidebook addresses one of the most critical yet seldom taught skills. Reasoning skills help us make sense of the world, including how to better make decisions, tackle opportunities, evaluate claims, and solve problems. Interwoven within the book's five sections — Perception & Mindset, Decision Making, Creative Thinking For Reasoning Aficionados From All Walks of Life! This guidebook addresses one of the most critical yet seldom taught skills. Reasoning skills help us make sense of the world, including how to better make decisions, tackle opportunities, evaluate claims, and solve problems. Interwoven within the book's five sections — Perception & Mindset, Decision Making, Creative Thinking, Analyzing Arguments, and Mastering Logic — reader's will discover 50 reasoning tips that summarize the common themes behind classic reasoning problems and situations. Appendixes contain summaries of fallacious reasoning, analogies, trade-offs, and a review of critical reading skills. A wealth of examples, charts, and insightful problems makes The Little Blue Reasoning Book an invaluable guide for any individual wanting to further sharpen his or her thinking skills. Enjoy the benefits of your own self-paced reasoning course: *Gain insights into the four classic mindsets and how each influences one's outlook. *Make better decisions by framing problems with quantitative tools. *Employ creative thinking to bypass "roadblocks" and unlock novel solutions. *Evaluate claims by challenging the strength of key assumptions. *Use logic to break down arguments in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. *Review the 10 classic trade-offs to speed recognition of core issues. *Read with added clarity, whether your goal involves pleasure or profit.


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For Reasoning Aficionados From All Walks of Life! This guidebook addresses one of the most critical yet seldom taught skills. Reasoning skills help us make sense of the world, including how to better make decisions, tackle opportunities, evaluate claims, and solve problems. Interwoven within the book's five sections — Perception & Mindset, Decision Making, Creative Thinking For Reasoning Aficionados From All Walks of Life! This guidebook addresses one of the most critical yet seldom taught skills. Reasoning skills help us make sense of the world, including how to better make decisions, tackle opportunities, evaluate claims, and solve problems. Interwoven within the book's five sections — Perception & Mindset, Decision Making, Creative Thinking, Analyzing Arguments, and Mastering Logic — reader's will discover 50 reasoning tips that summarize the common themes behind classic reasoning problems and situations. Appendixes contain summaries of fallacious reasoning, analogies, trade-offs, and a review of critical reading skills. A wealth of examples, charts, and insightful problems makes The Little Blue Reasoning Book an invaluable guide for any individual wanting to further sharpen his or her thinking skills. Enjoy the benefits of your own self-paced reasoning course: *Gain insights into the four classic mindsets and how each influences one's outlook. *Make better decisions by framing problems with quantitative tools. *Employ creative thinking to bypass "roadblocks" and unlock novel solutions. *Evaluate claims by challenging the strength of key assumptions. *Use logic to break down arguments in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. *Review the 10 classic trade-offs to speed recognition of core issues. *Read with added clarity, whether your goal involves pleasure or profit.

30 review for The Little Blue Reasoning Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking

  1. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    While there's a lot of self-explanatory stuff in here (as expected), some tidbits were really nice: - Convergent vs Divergent thinking (cheers to the Divergent) - Utility analysis - Decision-event trees A lot of basic logic-based tips explained easy and nice for people far from Formal Logic as a discipline: - High correlation (but not causation) - Q: “Evidence omitted” may hold the key to determining an argument’s validity. (c) - Q: Does your favorite commercial fiction author sell a lot of books becau While there's a lot of self-explanatory stuff in here (as expected), some tidbits were really nice: - Convergent vs Divergent thinking (cheers to the Divergent) - Utility analysis - Decision-event trees A lot of basic logic-based tips explained easy and nice for people far from Formal Logic as a discipline: - High correlation (but not causation) - Q: “Evidence omitted” may hold the key to determining an argument’s validity. (c) - Q: Does your favorite commercial fiction author sell a lot of books because he or she is famous, or is he or she famous as a result of selling lots of books? Reverse causation is tricky. (c) - Q: Theory may be divorced from practice. Plans may not equal completed action. Do not assume that plans will be implemented without a hitch. (c) - Q: Always look for potentially vague terms in an argument and ask for or seek clarification. (c) - Q: One way to uncover implementation assumptions is to anticipate bottlenecks. (c) - Q: An argument may depend on the assumption that a person or organization is aware of a pre-existing fact, situation, or condition. (c) - Q: Searching for something does not guarantee that we’ll recognize it once we’ve found it. The ability to accurately identity that which we are seeking to find may be a key assumption. (c) - Q: Necessary conditions are not the same as sufficient conditions. (c) - Q: Sunk costs are irrelevant to future decision making. (c) - Q: Test the opposite scenario—if you hear that a full moon causes the crime rate to rise, always ask what the crime rate is like when the moon is not full. (c) Q: The Four Classic Mindsets Each of us learns early that different people see the world differently. Our experience, background, and predispositions play a unique role in shaping our outlook. Ponder this simple but revealing question: Which of the following five sports is least like the other four? A) Baseball B) Cricket C) Soccer (Football) D) Golf E) Ice Hockey This is indeed an interesting question highlighting the possibility of multiple solutions and subjective interpretations. Not only would such a question never be chosen for an IQ test, but it also hints at ambiguity so often present whenever individuals make choices.... Case in point: People who are analytically minded tend to focus on the instruments used to play the sport. People who are holistically minded tend to see the sport in terms of when and where (i.e., geography) it is played. People who are results-oriented are more likely to see the end result, contrasting the desirable low scores in golf with the desirable high scores in the other four sports. Process-oriented individuals will likely see contrasts in the number of players who play each sport, their physical size, and their athletic movements. (c)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    this book maight help some people ( some how) for me it's basics, like really basics stuff, it's only about how to decorticate ideas and arguments, nothing really practical, so do yourself a favor, go experiment by yourself, u 'll learn better while practicing :) this book maight help some people ( some how) for me it's basics, like really basics stuff, it's only about how to decorticate ideas and arguments, nothing really practical, so do yourself a favor, go experiment by yourself, u 'll learn better while practicing :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rene Stein

    Mizerný překlad, kdy překladatel asi nechápe, co je popírání antecedentu. Ale asi i v originále je kapitola o logice tristní. Implikace (formální implikace) je sice neintuitivni, ale to asi není dobrý důvod, proč s implikací celou kapitolu o logice začít a také u ní zůstat a nic dalšího nevysvětlovat. Předchozí kapitoly jsou trochu lepší, ale stejně autor popisuje jen banální příklady (ne) kritického myšlení. I tak by se nám ale ve světě fake news a užitečných idiotů na sociálních sítích, kteří Mizerný překlad, kdy překladatel asi nechápe, co je popírání antecedentu. Ale asi i v originále je kapitola o logice tristní. Implikace (formální implikace) je sice neintuitivni, ale to asi není dobrý důvod, proč s implikací celou kapitolu o logice začít a také u ní zůstat a nic dalšího nevysvětlovat. Předchozí kapitoly jsou trochu lepší, ale stejně autor popisuje jen banální příklady (ne) kritického myšlení. I tak by se nám ale ve světě fake news a užitečných idiotů na sociálních sítích, kteří za potvrzení svého před-sudku rozdávají lajky, žilo lépe, kdyby většina recipientů vyhodnotila správně alespoň ty banální a flagrantní příklady nekritického a manipulativniho myšlení.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Galib

    Pretty basic. Not worth reading . It describes about the manipulation of scenario using different words .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rob Dhillon

    Any book that starts with a fictional character like Henry Humidor, Socrates, and a good chuckle in the Intro. is okay with me!The Little Blue Reasoning Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking Any book that starts with a fictional character like Henry Humidor, Socrates, and a good chuckle in the Intro. is okay with me!The Little Blue Reasoning Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    I didn't really learn much from this book. I didn't really learn much from this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Sanny

    A good easy going book for those are interested to improve their basic understanding of reasoning, but not for experts. And, it is not really leading to the implementations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Petar Šego

    "The little shallow reasoning book" would be a better book title. It lacks original thinking and is not much more but a collection of beginner material on the subject. "The little shallow reasoning book" would be a better book title. It lacks original thinking and is not much more but a collection of beginner material on the subject.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ali Hassan

    A wonderful book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betool Qanber

    I liked it, pretty basic, but useful for a beginner

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie Dawson

    Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review, however the version I was given is an older version under the title The Little Blue Thinking Book. The only differences between my version and the newer version appears to be the addition of some graphic elements. We have all at some point stood in dumbfounded awe of the illogical or irrational behavior of others. Each of us has at times found ourselves in disagreement with a person who was so obviously wrong that we thought the pers Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review, however the version I was given is an older version under the title The Little Blue Thinking Book. The only differences between my version and the newer version appears to be the addition of some graphic elements. We have all at some point stood in dumbfounded awe of the illogical or irrational behavior of others. Each of us has at times found ourselves in disagreement with a person who was so obviously wrong that we thought the person was being willfully ignorant. And yet, was it really the other person who refused to see reason? Or was it the other way around? You may change your answer after reading The Little Blue Thinking Book. Author Brandon Royal’s book is what you might call an introductory self-study guide for those interested in sharpening their critical thinking skills. Royal covers everything from selective perception to lateral thinking to probability trees and more in this compact work. Though technically divided into chapters, the reality is that the book is really two halves. The first half is comprised of the five chapters that detail the actual lessons. The second half consisted of a bunch of appendixes that for the most part simply restate or reinforce information from the first half. While there are a few interesting thought exercises, much of what is in the appendixes felt redundant. Individuals with some background in logic or critical thinking may find the book at best self-explanatory and at worst overly simplified. However, as a primer for those interesting in building a foundation on which to develop their critical thinking skills, The Little Blue Thinking Book is a solid start. Addendum: My star rating is based on using this book as a primer. Experienced students will not benefit as much from this book as those just starting out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    C

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Page 120: "We should not ignore or slant evidence if what we seek is the truth. Page 120: "We should not ignore or slant evidence if what we seek is the truth.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ignacio Ahumada

    is very basic, is like googling some concepts, techniques and frameworks and pasting very superficial definitions in a not so helpful book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Long Thai

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marisela Mayor

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rick Rose

  19. 5 out of 5

    Curt

  20. 4 out of 5

    xl318

  21. 5 out of 5

    鬼気

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Ordover

  23. 5 out of 5

    James Swanson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aneta Žáková

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh Ballard

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thinkinggeorge

  27. 4 out of 5

    James Hulsebus

  28. 4 out of 5

    Juan Pablo Castillo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna Farley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

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