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Critical thinking in everyday life
Christopher Dwyer Ph.D.
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.
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Critical thinking is necessary for overcoming barriers to GP judgment regarding chronic pain treatment; namely: judgment context, relevant training, cost, knowledge and attitudes.
Any way you look at it, we are all biased.
We must acknowledge that equality is fair and just when it applies to treatment; but, can be unfair and unjust when it demands equal outcomes without consideration of inputs.
‘Thoughts on Thinking’ is now over a year old. Here are some important issues and tips that have been considered during this time.
We must realise that politics would not exist if one side was actually ‘correct’ all of the time.
Though people need to be willing to change their minds, we must not underestimate the impact of emotion.
Much confusion about critical thinking stems from past troubles measuring it, not necessarily agreeing on what it is.
Being a critical thinker is a lot like being pregnant: Either you are or you’re not.
Gaining the skills to be ‘right’ and leading others down the correct path are desired educational outcomes.
Just because a solution is creative does not mean it is logical or feasible.
What is the solution to emotional belief-based side-taking in controversial debates? How do we stop news journalists from getting death threats from angry viewers?
The danger of "proof" in educational settings and real-world applications.
Consider the number of lapses in critical thinking in this interview and, more importantly, why critical thinking education is so necessary.
Going with your gut is not always the best policy – to think critically, you need reflective judgment.
Explicit CT training is necessary if educators want to see CT improve in our students and flourish across domains.
5 critical thinking "rules" that are useful in everyday settings and among those most frequently broken.
Who shouts loudest on social media probably isn't the most critical of thinkers.
The information bombardment on social media is loaded with fallacious arguments.
Though mature students think they’re pretty good at CT, often they are not.
Christopher Dwyer, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway.