A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.

Category: Cognitive Foibles, Video

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8 Responses to “Critical Thinking”

  1. zell says:

    You should have been a philo major. Very Apollonian. Very cerebral. Paralysis by analysis. All well and good but not powerful enough to get one through a blindsiding crisis. I’ll stick with nassim Taleb’s take.

  2. RetiredinSoBe says:

    It is interesting to go to the youtube origin of this video. The youtube channel is QualiaSoup, http://www.youtube.com/user/QualiaSoup

    I particularly liked this video of theirs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wV_REEdvxo – Putting Faith in its Place

    This one, as well as the critical thinking video, does a good job of pointing out the absurdity of believing in a god.

  3. cbatchelor says:

    Well. That 5-minute video-slide show was surprisingly refreshing.

  4. Tahoe says:

    Thanks for this post – most important indeed from my perspective. Though as noted above, fits better in some circumstances than others. Regardless, I believe that one of the more important aspects that we should be teaching our children is to think critically, and independently – develop their own perspective. As my dad advised me, learn to cook and you will never go hungry. I believe the same principle applies to thinking.

  5. noncist says:

    Kudos for posting this; what a wonderful video!

    Rational logic may be the only verifiable method for positive cognition, but I think the best outcomes occur when you can listen to your instincts along with your intelligence. Completely subordinating your emotions to critical thought is taking this lesson too far. Yes, you should reject things that are untenable and avoid wasting time on things that are untestable (and avoid panic especially), but in this ambiguous and complex world there is a lot to be said for heeding more emotional preferences when they do not fly in the face of logic. Each of us has knowledge that is valuable even though it cannot be distilled into rational discourse.

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  7. Blissex says:

    But while the sentiment is good, a lot of reactionary people who decide on education policies around the country make distinction: for them it is very good for the children of proprietors and managers to be educated to think flexibly and critically to be best at ruling when they succeed their parents; but the children of bulk headcount should be educated to be bulk headcount, to obey their betters without bothering to waste time in thinking, critically or not. For a large part of the 1%, it is good enough that only the 1% and their children be able to think analytically.