July 2017

Temecula Valley Section 0713

July 2017 Monthly Dinner Meeting

Topic: “Critical Thinking”

Who: Luis Montes

When: Thursday, July 20th,, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Where: Temecula Library Community Room B
30600 Pauba Road,
Temecula, CA 92592

Dinner Cost: $20.00 for members
$25.00 for non-members

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Presentation Title: “Critical Thinking”


Thinking (or, more specifically, reasoning) is an integral part of our everyday lives—an ability that we exercise any time we are making a decision, solving a problem, weighing evidence, or arguing a point.  Thinking, like communicating, is a skill that we develop largely without worrying about how it works, and our naturally-acquired competence is good enough for handling most of what we deal with day-in and day-out.

But there are cases where that is not enough.  Perhaps we are tackling a particularly difficult problem or find ourselves stalemated in debate with another person.  Complex and unfamiliar problems can challenge and defeat our normal reasoning skills.  And while there are a number of tricks and techniques out there to aid in reasoning, what is often missing is an overall picture of how reasoning works and how to integrate those different techniques.  That is what this presentation will aim to provide.

In this presentation, Mr. Montes will lay a foundation for becoming a better critical thinker by introducing an ‘interrogative’ model for analyzing arguments and reasoning.  What is unique about this model is that it provides a way of talking about those features of arguments that are usually overlooked but are actually essential for making reasoning work and effectively communicating reasoning to others.  The model is very accessible, beginning with the idea that thinking aims at finding answers to questions or solutions to problems.  Building on that idea, we’ll look at basic techniques for analyzing reasoning, evaluating the strength of arguments, improving reasoning, and diagnosing-and-responding to disagreement.

Presentation Speaker: Luis Montes

Luis Montes received his B.A. from Azusa Pacific University and M.A. from the University of California, Riverside, both in philosophy.  He is an adjunct instructor at Norco College and Crafton Hills College where he teaches philosophy and religion courses.  His areas of study and interest include philosophy of action and metaethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science.

Join us for a wonderful presentation of Critical Thinking” on July 20th, 2017 at 6:00pm!!!

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