Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authoritarianism

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Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authoritarian
by Professor

While it would be irrational to reject medical claims of health care experts in favor of those made by President Trump, there are those who do just that. Considerations of why people do this is mainly a matter of psychology, but the likely errors in reasoning are a matter for philosophy. Continue reading Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authoritarianism

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Trump’s “Expertise”

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Trump’s “Expertise”
by Professor

Donald Trump was elected president and hence he has the legal authority conferred by this office. By having legal authority is not the same as having authority as an expert. In this essay, I will assess Trump’s authority as a medical expert. Continue reading Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Trump’s “Expertise”

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authority

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Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authority
by Professor

There are many sources of information about the pandemic and not all of them are good or reliable. But accurate information is critical to your well being and even your survival … Some sources mean well but are unintentionally spreading misinformation. Other sources have malicious intent and are spreading disinformation. Continue reading Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authority

“Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Assessing Claims”

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Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Assessing Claims” by Professor

Critical thinking can save your life, especially during a pandemic of viruses, disinformation, and misinformation. Laying aside all the academic jargon, critical thinking is the rational assessment of a claim in order to determine whether you should accept a claim as true, reject it as false, or suspend judgment about the claim. Continue reading “Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Assessing Claims”