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What is critical thinking?

? What characteristics do critical thinkers demonstrate?
? What are the benefits of critical thinking?
? How is critical thinking beneficial in the decision-making process?
? What are examples of critical thought that should be considered when making decisions?

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What characteristics do critical thinkers demonstrate?

A critical thinker is neither dogmatic nor gullible. The most distinctive features of the critical thinker's attitude are open-mindedness and skepticism. These characteristics may seem contradictory rather than complementary. On the one hand, a critical thinker is expected to consider viewpoints different from his or her own. On the other hand, a critical thinker is expected to recognize which claims do not merit investigation.

Reference: http://skepdic.com/refuge/ctlessons/ch1.pdf

Profile of the Critical Thinker

The critical thinker:

1) Asks significant and pertinent questions and states problems with specificity. Arrives at solutions through hypothesis, inquiry, analysis, and interpretation.
2) Assesses statements, insights, and arguments according to the knowledge and skills provided by formal and informal logic.
3) Formulates propositions or judgment in terms of clearly defined sets of criteria.
4) Strives to acquire knowledge of the various disciplines, knowing that such knowledge is a necessary, though not sufficient, and ...

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What characteristics do critical thinkers demonstrate? What are the benefits?

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