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Critical thinking in everyday life
Christopher Dwyer Ph.D.
Though long explanations of critical thinking may be necessary to ensure accuracy and clarity, it's important to try and simplify such explanations for more general understanding.
Are you looking for some movies that will make you "exercise" your higher-order, reflective thinking? These five films fit the bill.
Recent encounters with internet trolls have helped me to re-examine Hitchens’ Razor and continue to consider how (and when) critical thinkers can best try to debunk misinformation.
It’s important to distinguish the emotional features of care from our judgments when engaging its other features, such as identifying concern, interest, and importance.
People believe in conspiracy theories for numerous, complex reasons, which might provide insight into the propagation of misinformation during times of crisis.
Just as we take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, we also need to stop the spread of fear, irrationality, and selfishness.
Just because someone wants to think critically, it doesn't mean they have the ability. Here are the skills they'll need to get there.
Though accusations and warnings of hate speech are often thrown around (sometimes warranted), the problem is that we don’t know enough about the term from a consensus perspective.
Pseudoscience is dangerous because its sensationalist, "interesting" claims are often viewed as credible, given that they're sometimes, in ways, "based" on actual science.
Though there’s nothing wrong with presenting ideas that you value online, it’s ill-conceived and dangerous to treat them as perspectives that everyone else should value too.
If we take the time to identify the goals and values we wish to achieve in life, we create both meaning for ourselves and legacies that allow us to live on.
Just as important as knowing how to identify fake news is understanding why we fall for it.
It may sound cliché, but critical thinking is a journey. It’s not necessarily whether the outcome is right or wrong; rather, it's how you got there that’s important.
Students struggle to evaluate the credibility of information online; and only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills necessary to identify whether a news story is fake.
The Slippery Slope Argument is perceived as fallacious primarily for reasons of relevance and certainty, but the propositions involved can be relevant and likely.
Though the term ‘fake news’ has been used in a variety of negative ways, it may be helpful with respect to showing us what NOT to do during critical thinking.
Whether it’s buying something you can’t afford, doing something you know is wrong, or opting out of something you should do, we always seem to be able to justify our decisions.
Anyone can tell you that a good piece of writing has an intro, body and conclusion–but not many can tell you how to actually write them in a way that exhibits critical thought.
What often increases the workload associated with writing is the need for integration of critical thinking, so consider the following tips to help lighten that load.
Despite the widespread negative effects on society, human irrationality has never been a matter of social concern.
Thinking is never purely reflective, nor is it completely intuitive. The mixture of the two is common sense.
Many agree that it's good to have an open mind, but some still see certain viewpoints as foolish and a waste of consideration. Is that critical thinking?
Though critical thinking skills are well researched, there is significantly less research focused on the dispositional aspect of critical thinking.
I laughed at the report revealing that the "Momo Challenge" was a hoax—but not because children were found to be the ones being duped.
Why are people cognitively lazy? Why do they fall prey to misinformation?
January is gone. Have your resolutions similarly flown the coop? Don’t worry, you're not alone. Consider these 3 important factors that dictate our New Year's resolve.
Five barriers to thinking critically that are useful to consider when applying critical thinking in everyday settings.
Stress is a subjective process and so an event like Christmas is only as stressful as our appraisals of it.
Do you teach critical thinking? Are your students performing how you intended? Are you teaching it right?
Argument mapping is distinct from mind-mapping and concept mapping for a number of reasons—perhaps most importantly because it works in significantly enhancing critical thinking.
Christopher Dwyer, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway.