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A Guide to Critical Thinking

A Guide to Critical Thinking

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The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our thoughts. Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it. Excellence in thought can be cultivated and fertilized with creativity.
The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our thoughts. Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it. Excellence in thought can be cultivated and fertilized with creativity.

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The views expressed in this presentation are the views of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the AsianDevelopment Bank, or its Board of Governors, or the governments they represent. ADB does not guarantee the accuracy of the data includedin this presentation and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. The countries listed in this presentation do not imply anyview on ADB's part as to sovereignty or independent status or necessarily conform to ADB's terminology.
A Guide to Critical Thinking
Olivier Serrat 
2011
 
 
The Idea of Critical Thinking
Critical thinking, by its very nature, demands recognition that
All questioning stems from a point of view and occurswithin a frame of reference.
Proceeds from some purpose
presumably, to answer aquestion or solve a problem.
Relies on concepts and ideas that rest in turn onassumptions.
Has an informational base that must be interpreted.
Draws on basic inferences to make conclusions that haveimplications and consequences.
Knowledge will not come from teaching but from questioning.
Socrates
 
… and Some Definitions
 
From long to short, critical thinking is
The purposeful, reflective, reasonable, and self-regulatoryprocess of thinking out possible explanations for findingsand outcomes and determining how compatible theexplanations are, with attention to the evidential,conceptual, methodological, "criteriological," andcontextual considerations upon which judgment is based.
The art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with theintention of improving it.
Discerning judgment.
Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit;and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
Blaise Pascal

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