The Myth of Critical Thinking

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  1. Vociferous Registered Member

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    Wait. Critical thinking is hard to define? Since when?

    Successful critical thinking just avoids letting assumptions lead analysis. But due to implicit biases, it's not a completely attainable goal. Even so, critical thinking in the face of explicit biases is far superior to no critically thinking at all.
     
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  3. Daecon Kiwi fruit Valued Senior Member

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    Exactly. When has NOT thinking critically about something ever been the better course of action?
     
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  5. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    When a bus is coming at you and you need to move out of the way quick

    Go with reflex. Don't drag out the camp seat and contemplate

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  7. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Would you agree that mathematics require critical thinking? If so, then the highlighted sentence (bolded by me), is incorrect and I can provide the proof visually.

    Watch this NOVA clip, and start at 59.24 (unless you decide to watch it all.

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    It clearly shows higher neural activity in specific areas assiocated with specific types of thinking.

    In this case, the processing of mathematics, which I assume all will agree that doing mathematics requires at least a form of critical thinking. The rest is a matter of degree of sophistication and properties of the mirror neural network in each individual (receiving more specific an detailed information of reality in accordance to their perspective).
     
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  8. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    It got Trump elected.
     
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  9. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    As opposed to the alternative? If candidate A wants what I want, I should vote for candidate B?

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  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Bw/S is saying that not thinking critically is what got Trump elected.
     
  11. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I understand what she was saying. But they made a choice based on their needs and wants. It was critical thinking that brought Trump to office. If Hillary had offered the same thing, she might be president now. I'm not saying that emotion wasn't a factor, but at its core people align themselves to their desires, which is logical and reasonable.
     
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  13. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Please.
    Gullibility is the opposite of critical thinking. Gullibility of that degree is the opposite of thinking at all.
    The average Trump voter displayed the critical thinking skills of a baby sunfish. ( they need the worm, they want the worm, but they aren't displaying critical thinking skills when they actually swallow the worm -

    and when the hook is neon lit and has been pointed out to them, the idea that the worm was aligned with their needs isn't even a joke - it's an inexplicability. If history begins as tragedy and ends as farce, Trump is what you get after that - a numbing loss.)
     
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  14. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Whose line of BS should they have voted for, Hillary's or Trump's?
     
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    INDEED

    Thanks MR
     

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