What are some of the most important distinctions you should
make and avoid overlooking when making critical evaluation?
Compare how you could apply those distinctions when reading,
listening, or viewing critically.
I feel that the most important distinctions one should make and avoid overlooking are the
distinction between fact and interpretation, and the distinction between an ideas validity
and the quality of its expression.
Sometimes it is hard to distinguish what is fact and what is interpretation. Critical
thinkers will always question the validity of information presented to them because it is
in their nature to do so.
They will also analyze the other side of the argument and
consider other views on different subjects, from different perspectives. You must be
careful to thoroughly examine the information at hand to be sure that is factual and not
just someone opinion.
It is a common mistake that many of us make, when we assume
that if a person speaks with intelligence then they must know what they are talking about,
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