Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Thinking 101

I was thinking about thinking today (sounds odd, but it's true). When we engage in the practice of thinking, it's important that we follow the Three Rules of Critical Thinking. If we follow them, we'll be able to critically evaluate just about anything we read or hear.

The Three Rules can be asked in the form of questions:
  1. What was said or written? Be very careful to accurately represent what you're hearing or reading. Find out what is being claimed - what's the point?
  2. What evidence was used to support the claims? Look for how the writer or speaker backs up their point.
  3. Does the evidence actually support the claim? At this point, evaluation comes into the picture. If evidence was presented, did it make their point (makes their case) or not?

If you work through these three questions/rules, you'll be able to think your way through most anything you come across. Not only that, you'll be able to amaze and astound your friends!


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