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Critical Thinking and Society at GM

2. Individual Assignment: Critical Thinking and Society Exercise

? Write on each of the following topics:

o Describe a situation in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome. Describe why it is important to think critically and creatively in similar situations.

o Define free will, truth, knowledge, and opinion. Explain how we use them to form thoughts.

o Identify three hindrances to the critical thinking process. Determine methods for overcoming these hindrances. Identify a time in which you experienced a hindrance in critical thinking. Describe a method you could use to overcome the hindrances.

o Identify a message in advertising. Describe how you perceive the message of the advertisement. Try to determine the reality of the advertisement. Distinguish between your perception and the reality of the message.

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CRITICAL THINKING

Firstly, it is best to create the outline of the assignment using the questions, than restating any questions as statements where necessary. I have done this below.

The next step is to respond to each question with a topical example and reference for each section. Again, see below for my example on how to do this assignment.

A situation, in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome, is when US automotive manufacturing companies like Ford and GM realized their legacy costs and non-competitive business models would mean the end of the dominance of the US Auto industry. Moving to smaller sized vehicles and considering fuel efficiency and hybrid technology was creative. This creativity allowed the companies to justify the billions of dollars they got in bail out money from the US government, because they were innovative in the way they planned to address their problem, They could have left their product lines full of SUV's and Big low mileage trucks and demanded the US government put protective tariffs in place to keep foreign exports out or so expensive that their US manufacture cars would be the only affordable car in the nation.

Reference:

http://www.ford.com/about-ford/news-announcements/press-releases/press-releases-detail/pr-ford-motor-company-submits-29505

It is important to think critically and creatively when change is needed. Critical thinking requires objectivity and being objective when you ...

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A situation, in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome, is when US automotive manufacturing companies like Ford and GM realized their legacy costs and non-competitive business models would mean the end of the dominance of the US Auto industry. Moving to smaller sized vehicles and

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