How Good Are Your Critical Thinking Skills?

July 24, 2009 at 8:09 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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If you can’t think critically, you can’t think creatively

Critical Thinking

Just what is critical thinking? It generally means analyzing statements and determining their validity in support of a conclusion.

So how do you think critically to think more creatively? Here are a few quick tips:

Little Details Matter

There’s a huge difference between something that will [insert marvelous
benefit here] and something that might do the same.

Question the Authorities

What qualifies the individual to give advice? What credentials does the person
have to make claims? Why is he or she an authority on the subject?
Sweeping Away Statements
Over-generalization usually discredits an argument’s validity from the get-go.
Knock down sentences that use words like ‘all’ and ‘everyone’.
Scarecrows and Straw Men
There are a ton of fallacies,
all built to deflect, detract, divert and discredit arguments without really
doing so.

Let Down Your Guard

One of the biggest
obstacles to creative thinking
is bias,

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