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Straight & Crooked Thinking [Paperback]

R. H. Thouless , C. R. Thouless

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Sept. 1 2011
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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'It is neither a dry nor weighty tome, but is jam-packed with raw rational sense. It will give you techniques for identifying fallacies and false arguments. It will help protect you from the devious subterfuges of politicians and preachers, journalists and jingoists. It is sweet manna from a rational heaven. Thouless describes 38 dishonest tricks that are commonly used in arguments (there may be more). ' answersingenes.blogspot.com "Straight and Crooked Thinking remains one of the most succinct and practically-applicable books ever written. One blogger named it as his favorite book of all time, describing it as "a concise work of supreme genius." http://neglectedbooks.com "...put it back on the mass market, where it belongs! (...) get it on every bookshelf on the planet." http://answersingenes.blogspot.com/2007/11/straight-crooked-thinking.html

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Straight and Crooked Thinking May 30 2000
By Gary Henriksen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should be required reading for anyone that takes public policy issues seriously. It explains the various techniques and ploys by which emotionally loaded words and various debating tricks can transform an intellectually honest debate into a propaganda campaign, and gives techniques to counter these ploys. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, amazingly pertinent today Oct. 27 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Although written at the end of the 1930's, the book is amazingly relevant today and one of the most clearly presented and well thought-out books of its kind that I've ever read. It is well worth your time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps one to keep focussed on the main issues in a debate. Oct. 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most useful books that I have ever read. The author points out how debates are often lead away from the main issues by using arguments that appeal to emotion rather than to facts.He clearly describes how it is done and how to avoid being lead away from the issues by such devices. Important reading for anyone who has been in a debate and wonders why the opponent didn't sound convincing and yet you were unable to answer him/her!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgetable book, I've used it's priciples since school. May 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was the single most valuable book which I ever read, since it explains how people distort agruments through emotions. The book clearly explains what is happening and then teaches you how to handle the situation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable July 8 2006
By JLMK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my biased opinion, this ranks as one of the finest books on the subject of critical thinking. Unfortunately, it is highly priced on Amazon.com, but one can find cheaper alternatives on the internet. Thouless focuses a lot on how social proof, and other biases do impede one's ability to think rationally, especially when facts are not conclusive, or when there are more than two plausible arguments in a given scenario. Good for policy makers, students, regular folks, and people who routinely make decisions under uncertainty.

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