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Critical Thinking and The Art of Making Intelligent Decisions

Critical Thinking and The Art of Making Intelligent Decisions

Critical Thinking and The Art of Making Intelligent

Critical Thinking andThe Art of MakingIntelligent DecisionsA Two-DaySeminarFeb. 15 –16, 2012Claremont HotelNear UC BerkeleyUsing Critical Thinking Concepts and ToolsFor Business Executives, Managers,Decision-Makers, & Team LeadersExperience the Benefits of a Mind In Command of ItselfThink Critically – to enhance your effectiveness in every part of yourprofessional life. The world gets more complex every day. There is only one wayto cope – through command of your mind. Thinking more effectively gives yougreater control over your life, helps you deal better with adversity, and, believe it ornot, transforms more of your dreams into reality. Effective thinking is no mystery. Itconsists of practical skills you can learn, practice and improve. Critical thinking offersthose skills to anyone willing to do the work to acquire them.In this seminar you will learn how to take your thinking apart andassess it for quality. You will discover universal standards by meansof which you can assess virtually any thinking — and improveit. You will learn how to practice applying the tools ofcritical thinking to every day decisions, as well as tomonumental ones.Critical thinking, when deeply understood, enablesyou to take control of the thinking you are doing inevery part of your life. It enables you to solve problemsmore effectively, make better decisions, as well as recognizepathological and manipulative thinking.Learn to Make Better Decisionsthrough Critical ThinkingTo live is to act. To act is to decide. Everyday work and life arean endless sequence of decisions. Some of the decisions are small andinconsequential, and some are large and life-determining. When yourpatterns of decision-making are rational, you live a rational life. When yourpatterns are irrational, you live an irrational life. Rational decisions maximize thequality of your life and your chances of happiness, successful living, and fulfillment.Critical thinking improves your decision-making abilities by raising your patterns ofdecision-making to the level of conscious and deliberate choice.Be Forewarned: There is No Miracle CureIt is important to recognize that your mind cannot instantaneously transform itselfthrough any two-day seminar. Critical and creative thinking are the products ofintellectual work with progressive payoffs developing over extended periodsof time. The extent to whichcontinued on reverseAt the Seminar youwill focus on:e distinguishingassumptions frominferences (or conclusions)e clarifying purposesin thinkinge identifying thequestion(s) at the heartof issues or problemse thinking throughimplications logicallyand thoroughlye clarifying yourthinking, as well as thethinking of otherse checking your thinking foraccuracy, relevance, depth,breadth, and significancee identifying the barriers tocritical thinking – such asself-deception,biases, prejudices,intellectual arrogance,and rationalizatione understanding anddeveloping intellectualvirtues such asintellectual humility,intellectual courage,intellectual empathy,intellectual integrity andconfidence in reasone appreciating theimportance of intellectualvirtues in developing as afairminded critical thinkere gaining insight intothe relationshipbetween thoughts,feelings and desirese creating strategies forcontinuing to developafter you leave the seminarFor registration fees, visit www.criticalthinking.org,click on conferences and events.

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