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CRITICAL THINKING

CRITICAL THINKING: Dedicated to the humble pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

Location: #philosophy
Members: 65
Latest Activity: Apr 22

WELCOME TO CRITICAL THINKING

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.

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The CRITICAL THINKING Repository
 

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Critical Thinking Web
Foundation for Critical Thinking
Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies
Why Do Humans Reason? Arguments for an Argumentative Theory 

 

 

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In defense of dangerous ideas

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The CRITICAL THINKING Repository

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Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth

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Taxonomy of logical fallacies

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Jan 15, 2013. 10 Replies

Giving Ockham's Razor its true dimension

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Sporting superstitions: Why do we have them?

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Rapture Ready: The Science of Self Delusion

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Religious issues

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Reflective equilibrium

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College Students Not Learning Critial Thinking Skills

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Comment was by Chris B on April 22, 2022 at 2:37pm

I'm not a parent, but I guess that parents want their children to think like themselves, or they'd feel threatened...

Comment was by Andy Stout on April 22, 2022 at 1:43pm

I relentlessly implore our public education system to teach our children HOW to think, before teach them WHAT to think. Critical/logical thinking skills are (clearly) not intuitive. They must be studied and learned—and the earlier they are learned the better. There are excellent resources available to educators. Imagine a new generation of young minds that can employ critical-thinking skills and can reach rational conclusions based on logic and the rules of reason that Aristotle gifted the world. What is stopping us from raising our children to THINK?

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 23, 2020 at 4:23am

Betty is really up there with the best satirists on YouTube 

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 22, 2020 at 10:32pm

Betty Bowers

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 16, 2020 at 9:38am

A corollary of Lessing's statement:

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Comment was by Davy on October 16, 2020 at 9:02am

Think wrongly, if you please ; but in all cases think for yourself. — Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781)

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 21, 2019 at 6:59pm

Is the Atheist Community a Cult?

Comment was by Doone on July 7, 2014 at 8:05am

A Switch For Consciousness

JUL 7 2014 @ 7:29AM

Scientists seem to have discovered one:

In a [new study], Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues describe how they managed to switch a woman’s consciousness off and on by stimulating her claustrum. The woman has epilepsy so the team were using deep brain electrodes to record signals from different brain regions to work out where her seizures originate. One electrode was positioned next to the claustrum, an area that had never been stimulated before.

When the team zapped the area with high frequency electrical impulses, the woman lost consciousness. She stopped reading and stared blankly into space, she didn’t respond to auditory or visual commands and her breathing slowed. As soon as the stimulation stopped, she immediately regained consciousness with no memory of the event. The same thing happened every time the area was stimulated during two days of experiments (Epilepsy and Behaviordoi.org/tgn).

Comment was by A Former Member on May 21, 2013 at 12:01am

There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them. Besides, to distrust words, and indict them for the horrors that might slumber unobtrusively within them — isn't this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? -- Václav Havel

Comment was by A Former Member on April 1, 2013 at 10:20pm

Our comforting conviction that [the] world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance. -- Daniel Kahneman

 
 
 

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