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Theory of unintended consequences & critical thinking

How does the theory of unintended consequences relate to critical thinking?

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1. How does the theory of unintended consequences relate to critical thinking?

Certain actions cannot go without being challenged because of the potential unintended consequences; so critical thinking is needed to examine the actions in terms of potential unintended consequences.

The theory of unintended consequences of human choice and action leads to the argument (by economists) that good results do not necessarily come from good intentions, and that good intentions do not necessarily lead to good results. In contrast, parts of our popular culture believe that intentions determine results. For example, people who try to find a conspiracy behind all the world's problems, whether that conspiracy be of Communists, Jews, bankers, the CIA, or multinational oil companies, start with a belief that bad results must come from bad people with bad intentions. http://ingrimayne.com/econ/Introduction/Unintend.html

As mentioned above, the theory of unintended consequences relates to critical thinking through the need to critically examine the potential ...

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