“”The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Albert Einstein

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas.  Critical thinking has been the subject of much debate and thought since the time of early Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates and has continued to be a subject of discussion into the modern age, for example the ability to recognise fake news.

Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking

Wireless Philosophy

Geoff Pynn (Northern Illinois University) gets you started on the critical thinking journey. He tells you what critical thinking is, what an argument is, and what the difference between a deductive and an ampliative argument is.

Professor Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

Psychology Professor Dr. Jordan B. Peterson says that the best way to teach people critical thinking is to teach them to write.

Samantha Agoos

Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking. Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems. 

Brian Oshiro

Do you know what kind of questions teachers and parents ask children has a great effect on whether they can develop critical minds? Brian Oshiro is a teacher evaluator, he shares what he has observed in the classrooms and offers three simple questions we can ask to encourage critical thinking of the children and ourselves. Educator This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Richard Carabine – Birkbeck, University of London

This workshop covers:
What are critical thinking skills?
How to develop these skills?
Being aware of the need to critically evaluate sources of information.
Being aware of the need to offer your voice in your writing.