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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Are Your Beliefs Logical?

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After many years of teaching philosophy, critical thinking, and other Humanities courses at several universities, I finally published my latest book entitled, Are Your Beliefs Logical?

These are the technical stats:
Product Details
ISBN: 9781304540256
Copyright License: JJ Botta
Publisher: McGraw-Hill open publishing
Published: January 16, 2014
Language: English
Pages: 130
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Black & White
Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Dimensions: 6" wide X 9" tall


Here is a little insight into the book taken from the back cover:

“In the contemporary information jungle, people no longer appear to strive for believability. Verification of facts simply means using a computer search engine. All around us, people draw unsubstantiated conclusions about things without even realizing the weak foundations for their belief systems.

With this modern phenomenon in mind, JJ Botta presents an innovative system of rational thought known as THINK.  It is clearly not intended to be a philosophy course, or even an exhaustive consideration of the subject matter. It does, however, present an easy three-step method of enhancing human lives by instilling readers with a sense of confidence in the veracity of the conclusions they reach daily and in their ability to question the often unsound reasoning of those with whom they interact regularly.

The author has taken the complicated philosophical concept of critical thinking and culled three simple areas through which anyone might learn to improve his or her reasoning abilities. It is no secret that human beings live happier lives when they appear credible to the outside world. This book helps people to achieve that goal through THINK.”

This book is my thirteenth publication in the field of Humanities, and I sure hope it is lucky thirteen. It will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most bookstores worldwide who purchase through the Ingram Book Company within the next six weeks, or immediately through my Author Spotlight website.

Wish me luck!

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33 comments:

  1. How exciting! I imagine that the goal for this sort of book is that colleges/universities decide to use it as a text book for the class? Or even outside reading material? Right? Or wrong? I am not sure that I am THINKing correctly....

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    1. Robin: Both. It is always my bread and butter when colleges pick up one of my books. This one is also geared to the individual who lacks the confidence needed to bear up under the absurd assertions we are forced to deal with daily. Lately, it seems like people have lost the art of intelligent debate. So many can only hurl insults when they cannot back up what they say. This book is designed to help someone actually read the contents of a toothpaste tube, instead of simply picking a brand that 9 out of 10 dentists supposedly recommended as stated in some ridiculous TV ad. Readers learn to analyze statements, apply logic, and identify fallacies.

      I will also take you up on your offer if it's still good. I'll send you the info. Thanks.

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    2. Yes. I still want to promote All Things Writing on either Mondays or Tuesdays. Just email me.

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  2. The premise of this book sounds wonderful, and it's very much needed in today's world. Good luck with it! (Yes, I'm a firm believer in lucky thirteen.)

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  3. Congratulations, JJ! I didn't know you'd written so many books, either. And you're right - people use Google rather than their brains these days.

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  4. JJ, I hope you'll forgive me (and also laugh after I explain!) when I say that my mind kind of glazed over and snapped shut after I read “In the contemporary information jungle, people no longer appear to strive for..." It's because my youngest son graduated from college in 2010, with a degree in philosophy. He's now in a 6 year PhD program called PNP - Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology. SO....for quite a few years, whenever he attempts to discuss these types of things with good ol' mom here....well, you get the picture, I think! Congrats to you on the publication...and I'll send the info about the book to my son!

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    1. Take it from an expert. Tell your son that Socrates needed a side job to feed his family!

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    2. Hey JJ ~ Thanks! Yes, he is aware of that, but he intends to be a college professor, and can live very cheaply! (thank goodness!)

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    3. Becky: Now that is a great career! That is exactly what I did to pay the bills while I was writing.

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  5. What fascinating news. How wonderful for you. A must read for me!

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    1. Karen: I am trying very hard to comment on your blog, but I don't know how to do so without joining Google +. Can you send me an e-mail? Thanks.

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    2. My email is swirlgal01@aol.com

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  6. JJ, you certainly are a productive writer and it seems that you have done a lot of good in educating the masses. I too have had some pretty uncanny luck with #13, so here's to hoping it works for you too.
    I'm still not sure I could convince someone of just how logical my beliefs are. I just know I am convicted and know in my heart and mind what I do believe in.

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    1. Jasmine: You always sounded very logical to me. I believe you must THINK without reading the book.

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  7. JJ, you know I LOVE this post! I have really been struggling this last year, but I haven't forgotten about my friends. I will try to be more present in the future.

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    1. Judie: That would be great. Also, we would love to get up to see you one of these days (when the weather gets warmer!).

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  8. Congratulations JJ! It's incredible that you've managed to write thirteen books while teaching full time. This is a great title that will really have everyone second guessing themselves. Wishing you all the best with your latest release, JJ!

    Julie

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    1. It is much appreciated. Thank you.

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  9. Brian, I wish you all the luck in the world but I'm certain you'll do just fine! I hope my message finds you and yours all happy & well. A belated Happy New Years wish to you & your family. What a fabulous start to 2014, with the release of a new book.

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    1. Katherine: Thank you, but I hope you did not mean to send this to Brian. Happy New Year to you and yours as well.

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    2. Oh my goodness what a goose I am & no JJ this was very much intended for you. This is what happens to me when I get up & start writing before my brain is ready! Oh dear, I am sorry. (blushing with embarrassment now)

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    3. Don't be silly. If the book doesn't sell, I'll blame it on Brian!

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  10. Yes, I will, I'm sorry about that. I stopped by to give you my link to Sepia Saturday, I posted early, and it's a topic I know you will enjoy. It's about New Hampshire.
    http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2014/01/sepia-saturday-212-live-free-or-die-25.html?showComment=1390519456599#c5561304722021218206

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    1. Thank you. I will check it out now.

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  11. Congratulations jj I am sure it will be a huge success for you. Best wishes dee :-)

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  12. Congratulations. That thirteen number is pretty impressive. I can't imagine even writing one book,
    My best to you and your family in this new year of 2014.

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    1. Thank you my friend, and same to you.

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