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What does it mean to think critically?

What does it mean to think critically? Topic: What is critical thinking and problem solving
May 26, 2019 / By Annabelle
Question: I'm in my first year of college/university (science stream). What can you tell me about thinking critically? Please don't refer me to websites, unless they explain it properly. I always feel like I'm brain dead in class. So how should I start critically thinking?
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Winthrop Winthrop | 8 days ago
It means any of the following: 1) don't just believe what you read/hear -- take in multiple sources and then come to an independent conclusion (i.e. read multiple answers to this question!) 2) create new knowledge rather than spitting back what you read or saw (critical thinking is not just about memorizing) 3) solve problems
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Winthrop Originally Answered: Why do people not know how to think critically?
It's because of the education system. The American education system used to put the highest emphasis on critical thinking and individual merit. This however just isn't the case anymore. We have stopped encouraging students to pursue technical degrees and careers and the results are quite obvious. It used to be that we gave students the opportunities to focus on a career path as young as middle school. We had programs and curriculum that a student could use to learn the skills for a technical career from a young age. The biggest part of this was an emphasis on science and mathematics while also allowing for a strong education in the other important areas such as English and writing skills. This just isn't the case anymore. Instead of having students having a strong education in the most important subjects of science and mathematics, we give students a barely passable understanding of a little bit of everything. High schools now offer completely worthless classes like "gender studies" and my high school (although this was many years ago) even offered a class called "hippy history"!!! This all only serves to set students up for worthless degrees in "liberal arts", "fashion design" and "art history". None of these degrees require students to think critically. None of them require students to have anything more than basic skills in math and science, and that's only three of the completely worthless degrees we have been pushing our students into; there is a whole handful of them. And to top it all off, the way our schools are funded now has almost nothing to do with student performance. It's turned into a territory war about how many students live in your district, and doesn't give parents ANY choice as to where their children will go to school. Luckily we now have a president that understands the failures of our education system, and is willing to do something about it.
Winthrop Originally Answered: Why do people not know how to think critically?
.stay in your 3rd world, look around, and be critically amazed how the West attained its 1st world level so many decades ago w/ all those uncritical thinkers. .
Winthrop Originally Answered: Why do people not know how to think critically?
Or maybe you're just closed minded and assume there is only one way to do things. I get it. No one ever taught you how to listen or acknowledge others. Heck, you just grasped the concept of empathy way too late in life and just figure. Why bother using empathy. That book emotional intelligence is just pseudo science.

Shamus Shamus
To start thinking critically, you need to start analysing everything you do, and making judgements on everything, such as assignments, analyse essays if you were the examiner. Go through it like that.
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Shamus Originally Answered: Is reading important to being able to think critically?
critical thinking is one thing, reading is another. I suppose critical thinking is sort of comparison of works, delving into agendas, and hidden meanings etc. To compare works you might had to have read the multiple words to which you refer in your thought process, where you would be coming up with sameness and differences considerations. There are a few books about plots that say there really are just so many, e.g. 36, in fiction literature. So catch the drift of that discernment and perhaps you've got a short cut to being home free. Are you pulling our leg? The way you multi-part phrased your question seems to me like an instance of critical thinking at work! They picked the wrong word -- I wish they had said critique thinking. I also like creative writing -- your own stuff, instead of focus of critical thinking, which is apparently a bit much analyzing someone else's more than I enjoy. I have on VHS a recording of a TV show about critical thinking. That's the best understood that I've seen of that monstrosity.
Shamus Originally Answered: Is reading important to being able to think critically?
As a teacher, I believe reading is an important skill; but, I don't believe reading is critical to being able to think critically. Critical thinking concerns what to do, how to do, and what is the right way to do. The ability to read may help the process; but, I believe there are non-readers who are capable of critical thinking.

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