Straight and Crooked Thinking

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Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 29, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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This new edition of a timeless classic demonstrates how the use of clear, rational thinking and logic can win any argument, however emotionally charged the topic in question. It describes the typical flaws of reasoning in argument and shows how language can be used to deceive - and how to avoid being deceived. It will show you how, by learning what is 'straight', rational language, and clear thought, you can disentangle emotionally charged rhetoric and hold your own in any argument or debate, no matter how challenging. Although written nearly 80 years ago, this book proves that certain principles remain timeless; it has shown many thousands over the decades how to cope with media spin and distorted reasoning - and now it will do the same for you.

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I had a chance to speed read this old favorite of mine that teaches how to use clear rational thinking, cope with ‘spin’ and distorted reasoning. This book should be a must-read in schools. You are never too old to learn its lessons. Read full review


Different ways of using language
Words and facts
The meanings of words
Definition and some of its difficulties 5 Good andbad definitions
All and some 7 Some dishonest tricks in argument 8 Some logical fallacies
Thirtyseven dishonest tricks commonly used in argument with the methods ofovercoming them Appendix 2Adiscussion illustrating crooked thinking...

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Born in 1894, Robert Thouless was a psychologist. He was Head of the Department of Psychology in Glasgow until 1938, after which he became Reader and Reader Emeritus at Cambridge. He specialised in logic, rationality and the study of responses to the paranormal and wrote several titles in addition to this one. He died in 1984.

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