Taking Charge (2nd ed.), Chapter 5.1

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Taking Charge (2nd ed.), Chapter 5.1

  1. 1. Using Critical Thinking Section 5.1: Thinking Critically in Your Personal Life Taking Charge : Chapter 5 © 2010 TSTC Publishing
  2. 2. Critical Thinking Is: <ul><li>Being able to make a decision based fully on logic </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions that are thought out carefully while weighing the sacrifices and consequences </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  3. 3. Problem Solving <ul><li>Perform a root cause analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the available information </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively communicate your information to those connected to your problem </li></ul><ul><li>Make an informed decision & act on it </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  4. 4. Making Judgments <ul><li>Analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Interpret </li></ul><ul><li>Infer </li></ul><ul><li>Explain </li></ul><ul><li>Take action </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  5. 5. Information Overload <ul><li>The world bombards us with information hundreds of times every day </li></ul><ul><li>How can we draw sound conclusions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze arguments, information and positions for logical facts </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  6. 6. Socrates <ul><li>Problem solving through hypothesis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No True Scotsman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Bandwagon Fallacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Appeal to Popularity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Genetics Fallacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Appeal to Tradition </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  7. 7. Decision Making <ul><li>Have a strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Think before you act </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct your due diligence </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  8. 8. Importance <ul><li>Thinking critically will help you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose wisely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid negative consequences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieve satisfaction with what you have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize new opportunities </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  9. 9. Further Reflection <ul><li>When was a time that required critical thinking? Did you use critical thinking? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a situation when you could have thought more critically and had a more desired outcome? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your own definition of critical thinking? </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  10. 10. Additional Resources <ul><li>Critical Thinking on the Web http://www.austhink.org/critical/ </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking on the Web http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/ </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Critically </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.studygs.net/crtthk.htm </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing

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