Are Americans Losing the Ability to Think Critically? New Book Hones Critical Thinking Skills
10/09/2013

Donald L. Karshner is an 86-year-old Philadelphian who has had a lifelong interest in developing critical thinking. His new book Be a Critical Thinker: Hone Your Mind to Think Critically offers a clear process for applying critical thinking in daily life.

Online PR News – 09-October-2013 – Philadelphia, PA – When reading the newspaper, listening to politicians or discussing current events, how can one 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.

Karshner is concerned that today’s society has neglected critical thinking skills in favor of instant communication and political sound bites. Karshner wrote Be a Critical Thinker because I’m trying to get people to think rationally rather than emotionally when making decisions.

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.

"So often today educators are caught in the crossfire of opinions about critical thinking. Should it be taught? Can it be taught? Is it being learned? Why can't people think anymore? Donald Karshner offers students and teachers alike practical guidance to developing and applying critical thinking skills in a wide array of common situations, ranging from watching television to parsing political arguments to governing organizations and people wisely. Anyone who seeks to be consciously engaged with the world today will find value in this thought-provoking book."

--Douglas Rorapaugh, a Pastoral Counselor and Theology teacher

About Donald L. Karshner:

Donald L. Karshner grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was educated in the Columbus public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, and taught school for three years in Columbus. Karshner went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary and was in the parish ministry for thirty years. At age 86, he is retired and makes his home in Philadelphia, PA.

Be a Critical Thinker by Donald L. Karshner
Published by Bullen Publishing Services

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