What is critical thinking and how we learn

Introduction:

To start with, be cynical, don’t believe every thing you read! Gathering information from “trusted sources” is critical in critical thinking, as with all thinking.

We need to be able to back up our claims. If you do not have a trusted source, it is just an opinion without substance and is quite unbelievable.

The science:

Education

The term critical thinking is viewed as what is wrong with the picture, question everything. Moreover, it’s learning to recognise and develop an argument and using evidence to support it.

Development of critical thinking requires knowledge of various topics, understanding and research. Inquiring on reflection of a topic and being flexible.

They [Humans] are also the only “illogical” animal. They are the only animal that uses meanings —ideas, concepts, analogies, metaphors, models, theories, and explanations —to make sense of things, to understand, predict, and control things.

Critical thinking: What Every Person Needs to Survive in a Rapidly Changing World

We as humans have a lot to answer for, the spontaneous beliefs that some of have unquestionably. Making up our sometimes deluded core beliefs. Thoughts are real, although, they are rarely right without questioning them.

Understand critical thinking.
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Social Media

Being logical or illogical in our belief systems makes us human. Moreover, we can be rational or irrational. Finding the discipline to question yourself, discerning fact or fiction.

Being bombarded by constant information makes it hard to deal with contradictory explanations on any topic. Avoiding sharing misinformation by doing research from quality sources.

Using knowledge as a way to think, finding the truth requires discipline and hard work. Transforming into a collection of sentences to justify the conversation.

Developing learning skills in the digital age is necessary for enhancing one’s proficiency of knowledge. Including problem-solving skills, the ability to think through and solve problems.

The conversation:

Sources

Sources are from published documents with references themselves such as trusted news outlets, scientific papers and other articles.

Although, news media articles can be wrong, see the Fox/Murdoch run networks yet articles from Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News Australia can and are likely to be fact-checked.

However, news media are getting worse as they are dying off due to the online information culture. We need to go deeper and read original research based sources.

Critical thinking avoiding the rubbish
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Read from all sources not just one to gain a broad understanding of the topic for your research, don’t read one or two. Never just trust your lectures and text books for all the answers, as you may find arguments to boost your grades.

Finding corroborating information from quality sources is important to substantiate evidence. Being able to solve a problem with multiple quality informative sources is key to gaining an authoritative speech, article, paper.

Conclusion:

We as humans have a lot to answers for, with our thinking. We become content with taking information in, and information gets blurred. Facts and fictional information become a blur of grey.

Critical thinking is a skill we all need to learn to understand the world and gain factual knowledge. Gaining influence from quality researched articles and papers.

Sources

Critical thinking: What Every Person Needs to Survive in a Rapidly Changing World

Critical thinking – New South Wales Education Department

A proposed model of problem-based learning on social media in cooperation with searching technique to enhance critical thinking of undergraduate students

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