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5/23/05 5:32 PM
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jgibson
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Does anyone have any book recommendations for improving logical thinking? This would include logic exercises, critical thinking exercises, analyzing arguments, etc?
5/23/05 6:30 PM
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Read the puzzle-books by Raymond Smullyan.
5/26/05 1:31 AM
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ANy other suggestions?
5/27/05 11:39 AM
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Yeah, 'Dianetics - The Modern Science of Mental Health' has several very good chapters on the subject. rna
6/4/05 12:24 PM
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I read "Dianetics" too and I doubt this is what you are looking for. You can improve your abstract thinking skills as a mathematician by learning about universal algebra, model theory or category theory. Working through this topics will really boost your abstract thinking skills. It's not the easy road though.
6/5/05 3:08 AM
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The easy road is the least rewarding road.
6/12/05 4:07 PM
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Learn Latin
8/30/05 6:04 PM
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*impressed with unregistered use for mentioning Polya* Polya's very good. There are different kinds of logical reasoning abilities. Another side to it would be verbal (language-based) reasoning. I recently looked into a book called "how to increase your child's verbal intelligence" but didn't care much for it. The Latin article is interesting--how learning the grammatical distinctions of mood/mode, tense, voice, number, meaning, etc. can promote verbal reasoning ability. I agree even though I never thought of it before. Of course, it doesn't apply that much for me because it's a fairly roundabout way of developing that ability, and I work primarily with lower-functioning individuals. There is some interesting research on the effects of second-language-learning, generically, on verbal IQ. e.g. immersion programs One very simple way of improving verbal intelligence is simply to enhance vocabulary. Learn to retrieve the word by its meaning as well as to recognize the meaning by the word. Word knowledge helps you make finer discriminations between concepts that you would otherwise unknowingly conflate. I've also used Whimbey and Lochhead's "Problem Solving and Comprehension" which is now in its sixth edition. It's very straightforward and easy to follow and apply. Looking at the way you phrased your question, it seems like this could be what you're looking for. Also look into "popular" books used in intro philosophy classes, like "why people believe weird things", etc.
9/22/05 12:24 AM
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9/23/05 9:19 PM
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Try this: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1405107839/qid=1127524677/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-5353955-2818560?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

 

 

9/28/05 7:34 PM
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The Thinkers Toolkit is one of the best books I've read on analytical thinking (not logic persae but related.)
11/15/05 10:22 PM
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