Posted by: grokscience | July 31, 2013

Critical Thinking

linda_elderAlthough critical thinking is essential for effective communication and problem solving, the techniques for critical thinking are often not employed effectively. On this program, Dr. Linda Elder discussed how to think critically.

I think therefore… 😉




  1. While critical thinking is a great skill set to have, it doesn’t apply to some “big” questions. For example, there’s a raging debate going on as to what is more dangerous: hydrogen hydroxide or dihydrogen monoxide. They both have compelling arguments, but the end result is that they both kill with 100% certainty for even minute exposure.

    When the speaker mentioned environmental stuff, I cringed. No sane person wants to harm the environment on purpose, just like hydrogen hydroxide or dihydrogen monoxide kill with 100%. They all argue from critical thinking position. No amount of critical thinking skills will answer such things or convince the other side.

    Also, I think empathy for the other’s argument is a subset of invalidating both arguments. If one’s own argument can be invalidated as well as the other side, I think the topic can be approached more objectively. This is extremely difficult as there are so many things one does not know about the other side who many think more critically than the other who is making the case. I suppose it’s the difference between pro bono lawyer vs OJ lawyer.

    But most importantly, there is a much bigger issue I’m dealing with that require very careful critical thinking skills: Is hell really endothermic?

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