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Unformatted text preview: confident than correct. For example, college students' predictions of their future behaviors are overconfident. Even when 100 percent sure of themselves, their self-predictions erred 15 percent of the time. 3 . Explain how the scientific attitude encourages critical thinking. The scientific attitude reflects a hard-headed curiosity to explore and understand the world without being fooled by it. The eagerness to skeptically scrutinize competing claims requires humility, because it means we may have to reject our own ideas. This attitude, coupled with scientific principles for sifting reality from illusion, helps us winnow sense from nonsense. It carries into everyday life as critical thinking in which we examine assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, and assess conclusions....
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