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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, Second Edition by Richard Paul, Linda Elder

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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 predetermined, 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 were controlled by inevitable necessity. If you think about your life as a predetermined product of forces over which you have no control, you lose the chance of controlling your life.

The Very Idea of Freedom

The idea of designing one’s life comes from two primary insights: 1) there ...

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