July 17, 2013
According to "Critical Thinking" (2013), “Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is always true, sometimes true, partly true, or false.” Although the word critical is sometimes used in a negative sense, this representation of critical thinking is not negative. Critical thinking requires that we not just view our own point of view but also the views of others. A critical thinker has a streamline of conceptions when it comes to critical thinking. They can well develop and defend a reasonable position regarding a belief or an action by doing justice to challenges. A critical thinker is open-minded and mindful of alternatives; they also desire to always be well-informed and will identify reasons, assumptions, and conclusions. The future of democracy depends on critical thinking.
The three most significant things that I learned about critical thinking during this course are; promoting creative thinking and curiosity, expressing problems from issues, and critical thinking and persuasion. The first stage of creative thinking is searching for a challenge. Curiosity is a key for searching for a challenge. A few techniques to regain curiosity are; to be observant, to look for imperfections in things, search for causes, and be sensitive to implications. Expressing problems and issues has a few steps and they are; distinguishing problems from issues, expressing the problem, expressing the issue, and how to identify when problems become issues. Some questions that lead to critical thinking are; what is the purpose? What assumptions to use when it comes to reasoning? And, what information is needed to find an answer? A few techniques to present and persuade; understand why people reject ones ideas, be prepared and know the audience who are being persuaded, anticipate the audiences objections, and present ideas to advantage.
When I first started this course I...