LEARNING CRITICAL THINKING

To Rescue The Future

 Critical thinking is the ability and willingness to assess claims and make objective judgments on the basis of well-supported reasons. It is the ability to look for flaws in arguments and resist claims that have no supporting evidence. *

Could it be that what this world needs now, in addition to love, is critical thinking? Critical thinking is what we have too little of. Try this fantasy visualization: What if in America today, the president of the United States, the majority of the voters, and most of the politicians were critical thinkers? Would the future of America be different? The future doesn’t exist; it needs to be created. So our mindful future thinking will be crucial to creating a positive future. “It is going to be our minds (cultural evolution) not our genes (biological evolution) that creates or destroys our positive future.”  Peter Russell

Critical thinking is cultivated in our minds. I believe the teaching and learning of critical thinking could be a major factor in changing the direction our nation is heading. Although I am not optimistic about this belief, there is some evidence that teaching critical thinking is increasing in high schools and colleges, although probably not required. One problem with teaching critical thinking is in its definition.

Critical thinking definitions include such terms as objective, reason, skeptical, unbiased, rational, and factual evidence. The adult human mind is so full of cognitive biases and cultural indoctrination that being rational and objective is almost impossible. Some have suggested we teach critical thinking in elementary school, because children may not yet have well developed cognitive biases. But scientist believe the young brain may not be ready.

It seems obvious that today’s president, voters and politicians are not good candidates to learn critical thinking. I am aware that some voters and politicians today are already good critical thinkers. We know that many people, maybe a majority, are not happy with the direction this nation is heading. Is there some way to organize the current critical thinkers and the unhappy voters into a force to create a new future direction? Maybe a new kind of positive conspiracy?

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: Those who make it happen. Those who let it happen. Those who wonder what happened. John M. Richardson Jr.

Other definitions:                                                                                                                    (critical thinking is a complicated mental process with several definitions)                             * includes the rationalskepticalunbiased analysis or evaluation of factual evidence.          * the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.                             * a mental process of reviewing clear, rational thoughts based on evidence to reach a             conclusion.

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3 Responses to LEARNING CRITICAL THINKING

  1. Beth Lyon says:

    I’m afraid I’m letting it happen.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Beth

  2. Eugene Unger says:

    Good morning H, how is your Critical Thinking going this morning? How about Peter Russell ? John Richardson ? Do their loves reflect a life of these critical thinking skills and decisions? How did life work out for them? How is HB doing? As we approach Thanksgiving, my heart is heavy. My best friend sense childhood is in ICU Dominican Hospital trying to live and recover from a massive stroke. What is He thinking? Survival thinking is what I would guess ! Me? I’m praying that the God he loves heals him or takes him home away from the terrible effects of the stroke. Living is like driving! Develop good skills and habits. Love those on the road with you ( the hard part) pay attention And make thoughtful decisions. Trust God and go . God has saved you H a few times as I remember. Are you grateful or do,you think you deserved to be saved? I know you had little or no control over the outcomes. That’s a critic decision Happy Thanksgiving my old friend! I’m little like God in I will never give up on you Gene

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Eugene Unger says:

    True love is unconditional ,

    Gene

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