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Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking
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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing, Second Edition
John Chaffee et al.
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Chapter 2 Thinking Critically, Writing Thoughtfully

Exploring the Chapter Topic

Adbusters Culture Jammers Headquarters
This site provides critical analysis, and in some cases literal re-writing, of recognizable advertising images. Adbusting and culture jamming can often reveal just how artificial many of the media images that surround us really are, and further, how they can affect our thinking. Of particular interest might be Adbusterís "uncommercials," available as Quicktime video files.

Sherlock Holmes on the Web
Check out this site devoted to Sherlock Holmes, a character famous for his attention to evidence and his unrelenting use of reason. This site offers a number of links to related sites.

NPR Online Homepage
The National Public Radio home page is a useful place to start if you are interested in pursuing an essay or project topic on current social or cultural affairs.

Exploring the Readings

Annie Dillard, "Handed My Own Life"
Electron Microscope Unit Homepage
This is the home page for the Electron Microscope Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The image gallery which features numerous images, some color, some black and white, of objects magnified tens or even hundreds of thousands of times. The EMU site provides links to other related sites as well.

Works by Ann Haven Morgan
Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, has this online entry for their collection of Ann Morganís manuscripts, housed in Holyokeís special collections library. Morgan wrote The Field Book of Ponds and Streams in 1930. The biographical introduction is particularly useful.

N. Scott Momaday, "The End of My Childhood"
Nations and Tribes on the Web
This site lists addresses for various Native American tribe and nation sites on the web.

The Buffalo Trust
Founded by Momaday, The Buffalo Trust is a multifaceted organization dedicated to preserving American Indian culture. The site includes audio clips from traditional and contemporary music.

Near-Death Experience
Like Momaday, many people who face dangerous or near-death circumstances report that their view of life is changed by the experience. This site offers interviews and personal accounts of near-death survivors. Real Audio files provide recorded interviews and accounts from "experiencers." The site is a good starting point for thinking critically about your own beliefs on this topic.

Edwidge Danticat, "We Are Ugly, But We Are Here"
Haiti Home Page
The site offers an engaging photo tour, facts about Haiti, and information on its literature, art and music.

Windows on Haiti
This personal site provides more first-person experiences like Danticatís as well as a list of recommended music CDs and even recipes.