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Critical Thinking Strategies for Success (Collection) by John Maketa, Heather Ishikawa, Russ Hall, Stewart Emery, Judy Chartrand, Robert E. Gunther, Linda Elder, Richard Paul

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Chapter 8. Design Your Life

"The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of specialized knowledge."

—Albert Einstein

Fate or Freedom: Which Do You Choose?

Many people talk about their lives as if the events in them were pre-determined, as if some force in the universe had issued a timeless decree by which the order of all things (including their lives) was prescribed and all events controlled by inevitable necessity. If you think about your life as a pre-determined product of forces over which you have no control, then you lose any chance of controlling your life.

The Very Idea of Freedom

The idea of designing one's life is a product of two insights: 1) there ...

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