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Be a Critical Thinker teaches decision making skills

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When reading the newspaper, listening to politicians or discussing current events, how can you determine whether the facts and opinions shared are truthful and accurate or misleading and false?

Donald L. Karshner is an 86-year-old Philadelphian who has had a lifelong interest in developing critical thinking skills. Inspired by his granddaughter, who was open to suggestions as she went off to college, Karshner began compiling his thoughts and recommendations on honing critical thinking. His new book Be a Critical Thinker: Hone Your Mind to Think Critically (Bullen Publishing Services) evolved from the few pages he had written for his granddaughter.

Karshner is concerned that today’s society has neglected critical thinking skills in favor of instant communication and political sound bites. Karshner says that he wrote “Be a Critical Thinker” because “I want to make a positive contribution to our society and help people become more civil and more civilized. I’m trying to get people to think rationally, rather than emotionally, when making decisions.”

“Be a Critical Thinker” offers a clear process and supplemental materials on applying critical thinking skills to scrutinize ideas, facts and interpretations, even when they are inconsistent or contradictory.

The author hopes that by applying the skills of critical thinking, readers will be better equipped to clarify their thinking process, to intelligently critique what they read and hear, to correct errors, to dispel misunderstandings and ignorance, and to make a positive contribution to a discussion or debate.

Donald L. Karshner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education degree from the Ohio State University , and taught school for three years in Columbus OH. Karshner went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary and was in the parish ministry for thirty years.

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Published by Bullen Publishing Services

Available on as a paperback and Kindle e-book.

Trade paperback, $8.99

ISBN: 978-0-615-78374-1

Kindle e-book, $3.99



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