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  • Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael R. LeGault
    • Narrated By Michael R. LeGault
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    Outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture, Michael R. LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling phenomenon Blink, which celebrated impulse thinking over factual knowledge or critical analysis. If best-selling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning is on the decline, leading our society to incompetence and failure.

    Dave says: "noncritical critical thinking"
    "noncritical critical thinking"
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    This book starts off with some great points - the world needs more critical thinking. I couldn't agree more.

    However LeGault doesn't even take his own advice. The majority of the book is composed of several rants on a range of issues, most of which can be refuted rather easily with a bit of critical thinking.

    He spends a great deal of time asserting that the jury is still out on global warming, that we shouldn't take the issue seriously. However he doesn't offer any studies or other evidence to back his claim. He must be using the popular press for his sources, because it is virtually impossible to find a single peer reviewed scientific paper that refutes the urgency of the climate crises. Take a look at the Union of Concerned Scientists (a group of 49 Nobel laureates, 63 National Medal of Science recipients, and 175 members of the National Academies) for more information.

    LeGault takes many similar stances that are easy to refute: "The desires of the advertising industry have little impact on the direction of media corporations". It doesn't take much critical thinking skill to question that statement.

    Or his absolute certainty that Male and Female brains are fundamentally different in a physical and inherent way. Given that our knowledge of the brain is at most limited, I question his certainty. There are many studies suggesting that these differences may, or may not, be statistically insignificant. And to state that these differences could not possibly have been a result of socialization is absurd. In an area of study where there is so much uncertainty why would he take such an extreme position?

    Given the above examples (and there are others), I can only conclude that LeGault's intention for this book is not to promote critical thinking, but rather it is a platform for him to rant on his extreme viewpoints.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful

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