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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 15. 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 14, “Strategic Thinking: Part One,” 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, ...

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