The Basics-Critical Thinking-Mills and S.I.

Also it does not treat critical thought as persuasion

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Unformatted text preview: ative sense, this conception of critical thinking is not negative. Also, it does not treat critical thought as persuasion, but critical thought will, we hope, often be persuasive. The future of any semblance of a democratic society depends on critical thought. critical The key to powerful thinking is powerful questioning. When we ask the right questions, we succeed as a thinker, for questions are the force that powers our thinking. Thinking, at any point in time, can go off in thousands of different directions, some of which, by the way, are dead-ends. Questions define the agenda of our thinking. They determine what information we seek. They lead us in one direction rather than another. They are, therefore, a crucial part of our thinking. our Critical Reading v. Critical Thinking • Critical reading is a technique for discovering information and ideas within a text. • Critical thinking is a technique for evaluating information and ideas, for deciding what to accept and believe. Critical reading refers to a careful, active, Critical reflective, analytic reading. Critical thinking involves reflecting on the validity of what you have read in light of our prior knowledge and understanding of the world. • Critical thinking allows us to monitor our Critical understanding as we read. If we sense that assertions are ridiculous or irresponsible (i.e., critical thinking) we can then examine the text more closely to test our understanding (i.e., critical reading). critical • Conversely, critical thinking depends on Conversely, critical reading. You can think critically about a text (critical thinking), after all, only if you have understood it (critical reading). We may choose to accept or reject a presentation, but we must know why. Reading Critically: Reading How Well Does the Text Do What It Does? Does? •We can think of...
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