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The Role of Language , Language Diversity and Persuasion in Critical Thinking

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What role does language and language diversity play in critical thinking? How does language empower or limit the expression of our thoughts? What is the role of critical thinking in persuasion? Provide references.

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1. What role does language and language diversity play in critical thinking?

Critical thinking is a term used to refer to those kinds of mental activity that are clear, precise, and purposeful. It is typically associated with solving complex real world problems, generating multiple (or creative) solutions to a problem, drawing inferences, synthesizing and integrating information, distinguishing between fact and opinion, or estimating potential outcomes, but it can also refer to the process of evaluating the quality of one's own thinking. ...Critical thinking is thus a process that challenges an individual to use reflective, reasonable, rational thinking to gather, interpret and evaluate information in order to derive a judgment. The process involves thinking beyond a single solution for a problem and focusing on deciding what the best alternatives are (1). Said another way, critical thinking is a reasonable reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do. More precisely, it is assessing the authenticity, accuracy, and/or worth of knowledge claims and arguments. It requires careful, precise, persistent and objective analysis of any knowledge claim or belief to judge its validity and/or worth (2).

Language is considered to be a system of communicating with other people using sounds, symbols and words in expressing a meaning, idea or thought. This language can be used in many forms, primarily through oral and written communications as well as using expressions through body language Language diversity means different human languages. Primarily there is a distinction between one language and another; usually it may be through country boundaries, population culture, demographics and history. Each country through combinations of blending cultures, environment and other factors has evolved their own unique style of ...

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This solution explains the role of language and language diversity play in critical thinking and how language can empower or limit the expression of our thought. It then discusses the role of critical thinking in persuasion. References are provided. Supplemented with a working definition of critical thinking. This solution is approximately 1000 words with six references.