Critical Thinking

In a recent post, I critique the often nonsensical idea of “doing your own research.” You know, the person who says “Those professional biologists have some ideas about biological evolution but I have my own opinions about that!” Anyway for those interested, here is a sampling of some of the things I’ve written on critical thinking.

The Basics of Critical Thinking

Psychological Impediments to Good Thinking

The Basics of Critical Thinking Part 1: You Don’t Always Have A Right To Your Opinion

The Basics of Critical Thinking Part 2: Who Should I Believe?

The Basics of Critical Thinking Part 3: But I Just Believe!

The Basics of Critical Thinking Part 4: Deceptive Language

The Basics of Critical Thinking Part 5: More Crimes Against Logic

A Graph of Cognitive Biases

What is Fallibilism?

Nerds, Science, Politics, and the Future

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3 thoughts on “Critical Thinking

  1. I recall a time when we Americans were noted for our pragmatism and some were even proud to proclaim that they were from Missouri. Hell, many may recall a time when we didn’t trust anyone over thirty. The abandonment of the Fairness Doctrine and the rise of social media have destroyed such trust and innocence. Doing your own research is kinda of like acting as your own attorney. GIGO!

  2. Thanks for the comments, Kevin. And you’re right, “The abandonment of the Fairness Doctrine” is an important cause of 1/2 the population being deceived by propaganda.

  3. It was forty years ago today
    Ronald Reagan led us all astray
    It’s been going in and out of style
    But it’s guaranteed to raise your bile

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