Concepts are the like air we breath, they are everywhere
Although they are essential to our life, we rarely notice them
- We approach virtually everything in our experience as something that can be decoded or given meaning by the power of our mind to create conceptualization and to
- make inferences on the basis of it hence to create further conceptualizations
You must become the master of your own conceptualizations.
- You must develop the ability to mentally remove this or that concept from things named by the concept and try alternative
The proper way to conceptualize things, events, situations, emotions, abstract ideas, you must first achieve a true command of the uses of words.
Need to be proficient in your language and the meaning of words
As critical thinkers we must continually distinguish the concepts and ideas implicit in our social conditioning from the concepts and ideas implicit in the natural language we speak
Critical thinkers learn how to strip off surface language and consider alternative ways to talk and think about things