Reading_1 - About critical thinking There are two basic thinking skills critical and creative thinking Critical thinking is the ability to think

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About critical thinking There are two basic thinking skills - critical and creative thinking. Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. Creativity is a matter of coming up with new and useful possibilities. They are both crucial for solving problems and discovering new knowledge. For a more detailed explanation of critical thinking, and resources related to the study and teaching of critical thinking, please visit the links below. What is critical thinking and why is it important? 01.1 Introduction Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking . Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following: understand the logical connections between ideas identify, construct and evaluate arguments detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning solve problems systematically identify the relevance and importance of ideas reflect on the justification of one's own beliefs and values Other definitions of critical thinking have been proposed. It can be seen that clarity and rationality constitute the common core across the different conceptions on critical thinking. Critical thinking is not a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking. A critical thinker is able to deduce consequences from what he knows, and he knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform himself. Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or being critical of other people. Although critical thinking skills can be used in exposing fallacies and bad reasoning, critical thinking can also play an important tole in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks. Critical thinking can help us acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments. We can use critical thinking to enhance work processes and improve social institutions.
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Good critical thinking might be seen as the foundation of science and a liberal democratic society. Science requires the critical use of reason in experimentation and theory confirmation. The proper
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2010 for the course ABC BTUN80809 taught by Professor Mr.chuck during the Spring '09 term at McGill.

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Reading_1 - About critical thinking There are two basic thinking skills critical and creative thinking Critical thinking is the ability to think

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