Blog Posts by Fred M. Beshears
Analyzing Arguments with AI Tools like GPT-3
Anatol Rapoport’s Rules: Why Being Fair To Your Opponent Matters
Applying the Blind Men and the Elephant Parable to Critical Thinking
Binary Thinking vs Critical Thinking
Common Rhetorical Fallacies
Critical Thinking versus the Dialectics of Meme Warfare
Fallibilism and the Scientific Method
Four Lessons in Simple Logic
Informal Logic by Douglas Walton
Know your audience and the distinction between fact and value.
The Logic of Vampires
A Meditation on Modus Ponens and the Tooth Fairy
Metascience and Politics: An inquiry into the Conceptual Language of Political Science
Notes on the Appeal To Reason in Rhetoric
Notes on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Handbook 2021
On the importance of reading definitions from right to left.
The pros and cons of working collectively versus those of working alone.
Should Critical Thinking be Part of What We Teach at Circle Pines?
The Square of Opposition
The value and importance of remote learning starting in 3,200 BCE.
World Views as Blind Men Trying to Understand An Elephant
Wouldn’t it be better if we just could meet face-to-face at places like Olney or Circle Pines?
Zack Beauchamp on the Defenders and Critics of Liberalism
FMB: this is a good example of critical thinking, IMO. Beauchamp provides a very nice analysis of political thought from thinkers/writers on the left, center, and right. It’s an example of how one goes about analyzing the perspectives of the various “blind men” in the story of the Blind Men and the Elephant.
Books sorted by Lead Author
A Grammar of Motives
A Rhetoric of Motives
The Art of Deception: an Introduction to Critical Thinking
Corbett, Edward P.
Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student
International Handbook of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
Thinking About Thinking
by Antony Flew
1 January 1975
Fearnside, Ward W.
Fallacy: the Counterfeit of Argument
Gregor, James A.
Metascience & Politics: An Inquiry into the Conceptual Language of Political Science
Thank You for Arguing:
What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Kirschner, Paul A.
Software Tools for Collaborative and Educational Sense-Making
Understanding Symbolic Logic
The Book of Why: the New Science of Cause and Effect
The New Rhetoric
The Realm of Rhetoric
Rationality: What it is, Why it Seems Scarce, and Why it Matters
Quine, Willard VanOrman
Good Arguments: How debate teaches us to listen and be heard
by Bo Seo
7 June 2022
The Uses Of Argument
by Stephen Toulmin
7 July 2003
Informal Logic: a Pragmatic Approach
A Rulebook For Arguments
1 February 2018