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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 16. Strategic Thinking Part Two

As we learned in the previous chapter, strategic thinking is based on a two-part process that involves understanding a key idea and developing a strategy for action based on that idea.

This chapter is devoted to egocentrism—the most significant barrier to development of critical thinking. Chapter 15 covered the first three key ideas, so we begin with key idea #4.

Key Idea #4: Our Native Egocentrism Is a Default Mechanism

To understand the human mind, we must recognize its essential duality. On the one hand, the human mind has an instinctive tendency toward irrationality. On the other hand, it has a native capacity for rationality. To effectively take command of our mind, we must develop the ability to ...

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