Critical Thinking | Critical Thinking Skills
You are a genius, and to fully
express your genius you need to develop your critical
thinking skills and to be able to understand those who adhere
thinking as their modus operandi. If you have already
read my creativity ideas and free articles on unleashing
your inner genius, you'll
recognise that in many instances I am pretty loose and free in my thinking
style, in contrast to the tenets of critical thinking.
I do agree that it's very important
to develop your critical thinking skills. If you don't, you might as well
go round with a big sign over your head that says: SUCKER! You'll get
duped at every turn. However, it appears to be very easy for some who
claim to be critical thinkers to devolve into narrow mindedness, cynicism
and stilted thinking.
Embrace the practical benefits
and wisdom of critical
thinking. However, retain the ability to be open-minded,
imaginative and willing to suspend belief for those moments of magic and
the miraculous - that you might enjoy, explore, and understand them
Your mind is an adventure.
Sometimes, to get the most excitement and fun from the adventure, you have
to be willing to play the fool and step naievely off the cliff into the
unknown. Call it "Gullible's Travels".
thinking is guarded thinking. It is sceptical, it doubts, it
questions, it looks for facts and logic. It seeks to protect itself
against misinformation, sentimentality and emotionalism.
The brain is often regarded as a
reality organising machine. In its natural, basic state, it is there to
respond to reality, to deal with the facts of nature, to sort
them and to come to understand those facts.
The mind and thoughts might be
regarded as a non-reality machine because the mind can project, imagine,
and invent all sorts of scenarios, times and events that aren't real. Many
people suffer because of their thinking. They experience a dichotomy in
their understanding of the real world and the distorted perception of
the real world that exists in their minds.
Critical thinking helps you to make
solid links to the "real world" by dealing in facts and thinking
This page covers the various
resources available on the web for understanding critical
thinking and critical
thinking skills. Use the links immediately below to navigate to
the area of critical thinking that you are most interested
If you find any other critical
thinking websites, please feel free to contact
us and tell us about them! If you want
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genius articles? They
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Critical Thinking - What is critical
thinking? - Top
Critical Thinking - An
Introduction - Chapter 1 of
Alex Fisher's book (in PDF format - you'll need Adobe Reader) asks What
is critical thinking and how to improve it? It's a superb introduction
to the critical thinking (also known as reflective thinking and
critico-creative thinking) and I recommend you read it.. Go Now!
Walker TRC - Critical
Thinking- Great page from
University of Tennessee that answers the question, "What is
critical thinking?" with several definitions of what
critical thinking means and the characteristics that define it. Goes on
to explore teaching critical thinking. Go Now!
Foundation - This
is actually a consortium of organisations dedicated to critical
thinking. Use this website as a hub, a portal, to all things related to
critical thinking. Publishers of numerous "mini-guides" to critical
thinking for all ages as well as some "proper"
books! Go now!
Illinois Critical Thinking
Project - Not a lot of
available info at this critical thinking site when I last looked.
However promise of more to come, so have a look now. Go Now!
Critical Thinking on the
Web - Tim van Gelder's
superb critical thinking resource pages. Go Now!
Critical Thinking Field
Guide - Professor
James Lett offers 6 thinking tools of evidential reasoning (critical
thinking) for which he has coined the anacronym: FiLCHeRS. "Apply
these six critical thinking rules to the evidence offered for any
claim," he says, "and no one will ever be able to sneak up on you and
steal your belief. You'll be filch-proof." Go Now!
For Critical Thinking -
the critical thinking site with the best anacronym -- PhACT
-- attempts to debunk ("deal only with the PhACTs") such issues as
UFOs, psychic phenomena and other fun stuff. Go Now!
Institute for Critical
Thinking - currently
only the critical thinking forum is live, however critical thinking
debates, classroom CT syllabi, examination lab, Inquiry
articles and a "critical thinking helpdesk" are said to be in
development! Go Now!
Articles - big long
list of links to Critical Thinking articles from Indiana University!
Thinking Definitions - list of definitions of Critical Thinking from different
experts. Good resource! Go Now!
Assessment - Critical
thinking skills assessment services and tests developed by Dr Peter
Facione. Great site that includes many critical thinking skills
tips, downloads and rubrics. Go Now!
Cool software to help organise your thoughts and develop your critical
thinking skills! Download a free trial version to test it
out. Go Now!
Critical - is an
interactive tutorial for critical thinking, in which you are introduced
to basic concepts through sets of instructions and exercises. It has had
a lot of positive feedback as a service, though I think it needs
redesigning as a site (eek! just a thought!)... Go now!
Skills - A list of
35 critical thinking skills for you to develop in your spare time for
fun and profit ;-). Go Now!
Critical Thinking &
Problem Solving Skills - The ISLMC critical thinking page has general information,
lesson plans and bibliographies to help educators interested in higher
order thinking skills. Go Now!
Critical Thinking Books
and Software - Books & software for teachers, parents and
homeschoolers to teach critical thinking skills backed up with guarantee
of higher grades and test scores! Go Now!
Bono - Prolific author and
thinker Edward de Bono is one of the world's foremost authorities
on critical thinking, lateral thinking and creativity. Discover his
training and certification courses here. Go
What can Sherlock Holmes teach you about critical thinking? Find