Chapter One - Chapter One Critical Thinking What Is...

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Chapter One Critical Thinking What Is Critical Thinking? Anything that goes on in your mind is thinking Critical Thinking – a goal-directed activity, one organized toward a certain goal or purpose Reasoning, inferring, creating and assessing arguments, finding explanations, and solving problems Reflective thinking Observes its own progress, evaluates each step to decide whether it is justified, and corrects its own errors Not perfect thinking Sometimes mistaken as negative thinking Goal is not to destroy the belief but to arrive at reasonable belief Asks questions Distinguishes reliable testimony from unreliable and weights evidence to decide what is reasonable Critical thinker is: Self-reliant and aspires to a degree of independence or autonomy in thinking Observes and improves itself Improves position to meet objections or searches for a better one To hold a position critically is to have raised and responded to those objections that expose its weakness What Can Critical Thinking Do For Us? Helps us ask important questions and seek answers
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