Saturday

Critical Thinking



Critical Thinker
Have a passionate drive for clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, consistency, logicalness, completeness and fairness.

Are sensitive to ways in which critical thinking can be skewed by

egocentrism, sociocentrism, wishful thinking, etc.

Are intellectually honest with themselves, acknowledging what they

don’t know and recognising their limitations.

Listen open-mindedly to apposing points of view and welcome

criticisms of beliefs and assumptions.

Base their beliefs on fact and evidence rather than on personal preference or self-interest.

Are aware of the biases and preconceptions that shape the way they perceive the world.

Think independently and are not afraid to disagree with group opinion.

Are able to get to the heart of an issue or problem without being distracted by details.

Have the intellectual courage to face and assess fairly ideas that challenge even their most basic beliefs.

Love truth and curious about a wide range of issues.
Have the intellectual perseverance to pursue insights or truths, despite obstacles or difficulties.



Non-Critical Thinker
Often think in ways that are unclear, imprecise, inaccurate, etc. Often fall prey to egocentrism, sociocentrism, wishful thinking,
etc.

Pretend they know more than they do and ignore their limitations. Are close-minded and resist criticisms of beliefs and assumptions. Often base their beliefs on mere personal preference or self  
interest.

Lack awareness on their own biases and preconceptions.

Tend to engage in ‘group think’, uncritically following the beliefs

and values of the crowd.

Are easily distracted and lack the ability to zero on the essence of

a problem or issue.

Fear and resist ideas that challenge their basic beliefs.

Are often relatively indifferent to truth and lack of curiosity. Tend to preserve when they encounter intellectual obstacles or

difficulties.