Thought & Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

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Contents
Preface xi
1 Thinking: An Introduction 1
The Need for Critical Thinking Skills 2
Empirical Evidence That Thinking Can Be Improved 10
Learning to Think Critically: A Four Part Model14
Intelligence and Thinking Skills 21
Learning to Be Intelligent25
Becoming A Better Thinker: The Quick and Easy Way 26
Thinking about Thinking 27
Critical Thinking: Hollywood Style32
A Framework for Thinking 34
Chapter Summary 37
Terms to Know 38
2 Memory: The Acquisition, Retention, and Retrieval of Knowledge 39
Memory As the Mediator of Cognitive Processes 40
Acquisition49
Retention59
Retrieval 63
Working Memory 66
Metamemory69
Mnemonics 71
Biases in Memory 79
Long-Term Accuracy Is Sometimes Excellent80
Applying the Framework 81
Chapter Summary 83
Terms to Know 84
3 The Relationship Between Thought and Language 87
Thought and Language88
Words and Their Meanings 100
Language: Tool or Master of Thought?106
Comprehension: The Reason for Language 118
Applying the Framework 132
Chapter Summary134
Terms to Know 134

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