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    How to Read a Book
    by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

    Thinking well and reading well are two sides of the same coin. While we tend to assume our skills in both, it is far from certain we have mastered either. Here’s a tool for filling potholes in the cognitive highway. Author Mortimer J. Adler offers extensive and insightful assistance in the “complex art” of “getting meaning from the printed page,” in particular when attempting to absorb, elucidate, expand—one might say ‘master’—a number of related books on the same subject.

    The book discusses reading at four levels: elementary, inspectional, analytical and syntopical. The final two levels, characterized by deep analysis of books singly and in relation respectively, are requisite to the achievement of greater comprehension of complex topics, the truth of which can be rendered, notes Adler, not as a “set of propositions” but in “the ordered discussion itself.” The active reader asks questions of the text, engineering an internal dialog which manifests not so much an elucidation of the book as a new synthesis, a nuanced comprehension of the world. Not the answer but the question is the key to the lock of wisdom.

    Filled with nuanced, insightful material clothed in the deceptively simple prose characteristic of Adler, this book might well be subtitled “an owner’s manual for the mind.” Taking this thinking tool seriously—it is productive to return to it annually for a fresh absorption—should sharpen anyone’s cognitive powers.
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    A new book (to me): Developing Minds - A Resource Book For Teaching Thinking. A.L. Costa (Ed.) The 3rd Edition is from 2001 and is still used as a text. Easy to find used, it's a decent intro level text for critical thinking. 500+ pages.

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    I consistently use "FreeMind" a GNU GPL v2 licensed mind mapping tool.

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    A website related to science, philosophy, rationality and ethics . . .

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    Here's a collection of websites that are supposed to make you smarter

    30 Websites That Will Make You Unbelievably Smarter | Inc.com

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    Correlation actually does imply causation in certain circumstances. A new statistical test teases apart the difference between cause and effect.

    When Correlation Actually Does Imply Causation - Vocativ
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    Learning how to learn - a Coursera MOOC

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