Critical Thinking Isn’t What You Think – Part 5

Posted by: michael  :  Category: DIY Brain Health

This series of posts attempts to break down the critical thinking process into a number of steps that build upon each other. So far we’ve looked at:

  •  Improving the organisation of information stored in the brain
  • Analysing information in order to identify aids to critical thinking such          as possible relationships and/or recognise patterns within sequences.
  • The critical thinking component itself
  • Identifying good questions to ask yourself and others about what you are reading or hearing.

In this post I want to go into a little more detail so that you have a guide or checklist, if you like, to aid you get more out of your reading. It is based on tips that are generally available from a number of sources. So here’s something with which to work:

  • Where is the author coming from – what’s the approach or perspective?
  • What other approaches could have been used?
  • Is the author directly involved in the subject or writing as an outsider?
  • What are main points and do you agree with them? Is the argument being promoted in logical steps?
  • What sorts of evidence are presented and are the well-research, logical and non–emotive?
  • Does the author use valid reasoning
  • Does the author use facts or unsupported generalisation?
  • What inferences are made ad do you agree with them?
  • If the author presents or interprets the ideas of others? Do you it was done fairly?
  • Does the author show bias r provide a balanced of the subject?

Try the guide and see what you think

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