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How do Browne and
Keeley define critical thinking?
- Critical thinking
- consists of an awareness of a set of interrelated critical questions,
- plus the ability and willingness to ask and answer them at
- appropriate times.
distinguish between the alternative thinking styles known as "the
- absorb information
- about the world and are more capable of understanding its
- complexities. It involves concentration and memory.
- Disadvantage-provides no method for deciding which information and
- opinions to believe and which to reject.
distinguish between the alternative thinking styles known "Panning for Gold."
- they hope what they
- are reading will give them new knowledge and they ask questions of
- they are reading.
When B&K talk
about “the myth of the right answer,” what are they saying about
the possibility of getting at the real truth of things?
- According to them
- that there is no right answer because the world is too complected and
- people are debating about many issue.
What is the
difference between "weak-sense" and "strong-sense"
- Weak-sense: the
- use of critical thinking to defend your current belief.
- Strong-sense: the
- use of the same skills to evaluate all claims and beliefs, especially
- your own.
What are the ten
right questions to ask, if you want to be an effective critical
thinker? (You will be tested on these, from memory, at semester's
- 1. What are the
- issues and the conclusions?
- 3. Which words or
- phrase are ambiguous?
- 4. What are the
- values and descriptive assumptions?
- 5. Are there any
- fallacias in the reasoning?
- 6. How good is the
- 7. Are there rival
- 8. Are the statics
- 9. What significant
- information is omitted?
- 10. What reasonable
- conclusions are possible?