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Clear Thinking in A Blurry World, 1st Edition

By Tim Kenyon
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Soft Cover
400 pages
ISBN-10: 0176251944
ISBN-13: 9780176251949
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st
A ground-up Canadian text, Clear Thinking in a Blurry World offers a new way of examining the discipline of critical thinking. This text focuses on critical thinking as it applies to philosophy and cognition, rather than the typical 'formal logic lite' approach.

Clear Thinking in a Blurry World includes many practical sections that are not commonly found in books in this market—material on numeracy and statistical analysis. Through this text, students will examine sources of information—from social exchanges, to science, to mainstream media—in detail, as well as the cognitive and social psychology of biases.

This text aims directly at teaching, or beginning to teach, a broad set of knowledge, skills, and habits properly called critical reasoning faculties. Students using this text will enhance their ability to:

-recognize and classify reliable and unreliable forms of reasoning

-understand reasoning about evidence, including some central concepts of statistics and probability

-anticipate the cognitive and social factors that make us susceptible to particular reasoning errors

-critically examine science—and popular conceptions of science—in relation to the problem of how to believe reasonable things

-examine the media and other main sources of information about the world to see how they might be unreliable, and under what circumstances


  • Broad Based: Kenyon draws on examples from across the social sciences, humanities, and media to ensure that critical thinking is made relevant to every student taking the course.
  • Humourous/Engaging: A class that is engaged results in better teacher evaluations. Kenyon brings in a number of examples to spice up material that is delivered in a very dry way in other texts
  • Results Oriented: Kenyon will develop the critical thinking faculties and habits that will help your students succeed in this course, other curricula, and their career

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: Roadmap to this Book
  • 1. The Parts of Public Thinking: Deductive Argument
  • 2. Evidence Adds Up
  • 3. Language, Non-Language, and Argument
  • 4. Fallacies: When Arguments Turn Bad
  • 5. Critical Thinking about Numbers
  • 6. Probability and Statistics: Reasoning from Incomplete Information
  • 7. Biases Within Reason
  • 8. The More We Get Together: Social Cognition and the Flow of Information
  • 9. Critical Reasoning about Science: Cases and Lessons
  • 10. The Mainstream Media as a Source of Information
  • 11. Readings and Discussions

Author Information

Tim Kenyon

Tim Kenyon is an associate professor in and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He teaches to over 400 students in critical thinking every year. He was recently awarded a SSHRC grant for the project "Assertion, Truth, and Relevance."