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Critical Thinking

Perhaps our downfall as a society is our inability to think critically. Having the ability to think critically is an important skill that many people lack. As a society we do not have

enough people who challenge conventional beliefs and practises.

 

We do not have enough people who ask the hard questions. Regardless of whether you work in education, research, finance, management or the legal profession, critical thinking is vital.

Regardless of the culture and traditions you are born into, critical thinking is vital. Not only is critical thinking an important asset for any career, it is an important asset for life.

We need to challenge conventional beliefs and practises. We need to ask the hard questions. Critical thinkingis the best way to solve problems since it requires looking at an issue from several standpoints before reaching a final decision.

Every person thinks differently and therefore interprets information differently.

Schools are often rigorous and test-obsessed. The curriculums require students to retain enough information to do well in multiple choice tests without actually making them think deeply about the substance of the material that they are learning.

Whether you are discussing literature, current events, politics, or history it is crucial for people to talk about what they feel about the content of the material.

If we learn to question the world then we subsequently learn how to correct what we find to be wrong or unjust. Hence, the rules and norms in society change over time as people become more enlightened.

If it was not for critical and outside-the-box thinking, human kind would still believe that the earth is flat.Continuously discussing and challenging thought processes and societal systems with others are the key to discovering new ways to fix current problems and enhance future society.

The problem is that our own wishes and desires interfere with our better judgement. Critical thinking is the attempt to make sound judgements without being distracted by irrelevant considerations.

Critical thinking requires an ability to determine the implications of facts and assertions and involves the ability to think well and solve problems systematically.

In thinking critically, we do not struggle to become unfeeling or emotionless persons, but rather to make judgements in which our feelings and emotions are directed to their proper objects and are consequently aids rather than impediments to our judgement.

In thinking critically we must take the contexts of every situation into account and think on a multi-level platform in order to come to a just conclusion.

In thinking critically we need to re-examine previous judgements and revise them when new information becomes available or when we find that we have begun to look at the old information in a new way.

Persistent in continuing to hold to a judgement is a virtue only so long as a preponderance of evidence continues to indicate that it is true or wise. Critical thinking is very important in the new knowledge economy.

The global knowledge economy is driven by information and technology. One has to be able to deal with changes quickly and effectively.

The new economy places increasing demands on flexible intellectual skills as well the ability to analyse information and integrate diverse sources of knowledge in solving problems. Good critical thinking promotes such thinking skills, and is very important in the fast-changing workplace.

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