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Critical Thinking What is critical thinking?-difference between mere thinking and critical thinking (critical thinking deals with words)-think thoughts in stream (1 after another) -> critical thinking t ry to keep thoughts linked together where we believe that one thought gives support for other-critical thinking is not about what you think but how we think (structure of thoughts)-reasoning / critical thinking involves a system, systemic placing of our thoughts in order to establish certain standards of systemic ordering-intellectual standards: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance (eg. Students thinking they deserve higher grades), depth (just say no -> shallow slogan), logic Critical thinking-Systemic evaluation of beliefs by rational standards-involves logic the study of good reasoning and rules that govern it-deals with elements of thought Why do we need critical thinking?- Socrates says that unexamined life is not worth living. When thinking critically we become aware of elements of reasoning and rational standards that we must apply in order to ... View Full Document

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