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Critical thinking in everyday life
Christopher Dwyer Ph.D.
Unfollowing science groups on social media is not going to affect climate change, but following doesn't necessarily provide a means of open discourse on scientific topics either.
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Premature celebration of eureka moments confuses the notion of the term. Consideration of heuristics, creativity, evaluation and inference may shed light on the issue.
This set of exercises may help enhance your critical thinking, with a focus on the skill of evaluation.
If the news brings you down, but isn’t presenting you information on issues relevant or important to you, then why bother?
As restrictions loosen, do not become complacent. Be alert; be cautious; and together, we can overcome this sooner rather than later.
If there was one right way to run a country and govern its people, then we would have adopted it by now, and we wouldn’t need politics.
Here’s our second set of exercises to help enhance your critical thinking, with a focus on the skill of analysis.
Though we're not getting worse at critical thinking, it’s becoming more difficult to filter out "noisy" information from the relevant, accurate and credible information.
The amount of available information out there increases our need for critical thinking now more than ever.
You should rarely be confused about what to get your partner for Valentine’s Day because they give you "opportunities" to do what they’d like all of the time.
Experience doesn’t necessarily make you smarter or wiser.
Exercises to enhance your thinking skills in the new year.
If a sentence is structured properly, the Oxford comma isn’t necessary; and so, using it could promote lazy writing, as opposed to promoting clarity.
Beliefs in conspiracy theories are correlated with lower dispositions toward critical thinking.
Looking for scary movies that will make you "exercise" your higher-order, reflective thinking? Here are 6 films that fit the bill.
You have the right to be offended, just as others have the right to "offend" you.
Are you looking for more movies that will make you "exercise" your higher-order, reflective thinking? Here are another five films that fit the bill.
Has writing improved your thinking? Consider these four factors and how they might influence it.
Understanding what a theory is and the mechanics behind falsification are great ways for individuals to begin embracing the concepts of intellectual humility and epistemology.
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.
Christopher Dwyer, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the Technological University of the Shannon in Athlone, Ireland.