Why, you may ask, did I say that this group was about the humble pursuit of knowledge and understanding? What is humble about it?
Well, the reason I wanted to create this group was because of my extreme disappointment with the lack of critical thinking around us today—even among intelligent people. This is not due to a lack of available information. It is not because of a lack of education. And it is certainly not due to a lack of rational thinking, because even ignorant people can be rational within the confines of their own mistaken beliefs.
No! It is because that in order to understand the world, and even to understand ourselves, we must first admit our ignorance. We must first admit that there are things that we do not know, that there are things that are worth learning, and that there is an inherent uncertainty in our beliefs and our perceptions.
Humility is the whetstone that sharpens our dull intellect. Intelligence is nothing without it.
The practice of critical thinking should be made in a spirit of humilty.
Here we will explore how to think. We will examine why we believe. We will challenge our assumptions.
There will undoubtedly be some crossover between this group and my other group THE NAKED APE, especially when it comes to the brain, perception, and cognition. But I think I’d like to make attempts to confine the discussions here to the methodology of thinking, and keep posts on biology and psychology on THE NAKED APE.
Threads on woo, stupid beliefs, and other nonsense belong more appropriately to my group WHEN PIGS FLY.
Threads on cognitive biases, skeptical thinking, logical fallacies, and general knowledge and comprehension are welcome here.
The CRITICAL THINKING Repository