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Critical Thinking and Ordinary Thinking

How does critical thinking differ from typical ordinary thinking? Support your response with material from the required reading.

How do strong-sense and weak-sense critical thinking differ? What are the pros and cons of each? Why is strong-sense critical thinking usually so much more difficult to achieve than is weak-sense?

There are three parts to this question:

A) Recall a specific time when strong feelings interfered with your ability to think critically.
B) How might you prevent your strong feelings from interfering with your critical thinking during times when you would prefer to think critically?
C) Per the list of common types of cognitive biases featured in the content lecture pages, what bias(es) might you have been using in the situation you were in (A), above?
Strong feelings often interfere with the ability to think critically. What can you do to reduce any negative impact of such feelings?

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Critical thinking differs from that of ordinary thinking. Ordinary thinkers accept fact or realities without examination or analysis. The ordinary thinker accepts these as facts. The Critical thinker asks a lot of questions, takes time does not jump to conclusions and becomes aware of alternatives. Ordinary thinkers do not seek evidence to challenge beliefs. In contrast a critical thinker asks questions, evaluates the arguments, and assesses the facts. A critical thinker is active, skilful, and applies principles of thinking that are required to get to the truth.

There are several differences between strong sense and weak sense critical thinking. The strong sense critical thinkers do not argue if they see a reason to believe that the position being argued was wrong. The strong sense thinker is aware of interior transformation in the mind, ...

Solution Summary

The answer to this problem explains essentials of critical thinking. The references related to the answer are also included.