5 Steps In Critical Thinking

Multitasking gets you out of the zone and prevents you from giving serious thought to whatever it is that you’re doing.This is the exact opposite of what you need for critical thinking. Not only will you not be thinking critically, but you probably won’t be thinking very much at all.(Before you take to the comments to disprove my claims by saying that multitasking works for you, I know this isn’t the case for everyone — but it is for most people.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it., and make connections between concepts.

Don’t forget to apply your critical thinking skills while you’re reading, too.

Just because someone printed their claim on paper (or posted it on an internet forum) doesn’t mean it’s true.

This is especially difficult in the modern world, where firing off a comment on a news story, downvoting a Reddit post, or unfollowing someone on Twitter only takes a few seconds. This is an especially difficult thing to do in the face of a world that prizes speed over almost everything.

Instead of acting quickly, though, engage your critical thinking skills, starting with observation. Sitting down to reflect and ponder doesn’t seem like a productive use of time. Some people are lucky enough to come up with a brilliant thought while they’re in the middle of a project, but many need quiet, solitude, and time to think.We imagine that we think critically, but we let our ability to engage with new ideas atrophy when we leave college.We get set in our ways, and become closed off to new ways of seeing the world.It’s easy to let your assumptions and past experiences take over when you’re faced with a problem or you get into a disagreement (this is especially relevant at the time of this writing, during election season).Instead of falling back on what you you know, spend time observing the situation.To be critical, you need to be fully present in whatever task you’re taking on. If you can juggle tasks and still give each one the time and deep thought it deserves, great.Reading, writing, debating, discussing, cooperating, arguing… to successfully do any of them, you need to be singularly focused. Go for it.)Whether you’re faced with a problem, you need to come up with a new idea, or you just see something that interests you, your starting place should be observation.The Information Age has made critical thinking both more important and more difficult than ever before.But these skills are at the foundation of an informed civil society, and they need to be fostered. The World Economic Forum listed critical thinking as the fourth most important skill in 2015.Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.


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