What is “critical thinking?”


Critical thinking as defined by this website is, “the ability to think clearly and rationally.” It also includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking: The understanding of logical connections between ideas, identifying and evaluating arguments, or solving problems systematically.

What is critical thinking, not? It’s not a matter of accumulating information. It is not being overly critical of people, or argumentative for the sake of being hostile, or disagreeable.

People seem to often get the two confused and it leads to headaches, ill feelings, and sometimes even violence depending on the situation. I think the most telling thing is that to have a good critical statement, both parties must be one who are able to critically think themselves. This way, the processes involved are on the same page and thus, can lead to a better conclusion or theory.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s