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Critical Thinking 1: What it is; Why it matters; July 7, 2009 Kepa Korta [email protected]
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Critical thinking: Basic concepts Reasoning (active process of linking thoughts) vs mere thinking (e.g., entertaining a belief or a desire) Inference: The process of reasoning from one thought A to another B, when we believe that A supports or justifes or makes it reasonable to believe in the truth of B.
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Reasoning vs mere thinking Alan is broke, and he is unhappy Alan is broke, therefore he is unhappy Anne was in a car accident last week, and she deserves an extension on her essay Anne was in a car accident last week, so she deserves an extension on her essay The triangle has equal sides and equal angles The triangle has equal sides; hence it has equal angles
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Inference indicators Since Thus Implies Consequently Because It follows that Given that That ʼ s why
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ʻ Mere concatenation ʼ Shakespeare wrote Hamlet and Cervantes wrote
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2009 for the course PHIL 2003 taught by Professor Kepakorta during the Summer '09 term at Carleton.

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