Critical Thinking

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"When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons." - Anais Nin

When we see obstacles through different angles, we not only find the best solution, but also learn to adapt to a variety of situations. For example such as this quote from Chinese Proverb (2013)., “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Without the use of critical thinking many of us would go with the choice of giving the man the fish not knowing that the next day, he will still be hungry. When we add the use of critical thought to the equation, both individuals learn from the experience and invest in their futures.

To become a critical thinker it is useful to take into consideration what others have to say. Not all ideas lead to the right direction, but offering opinions and beliefs to one another brings you one-step closer to what you are searching for. Another tip to become a critical thinker is to know the difference between belief and facts.  It is also necessary to have valid evidence to back up your conclusions. Without proper evidence to back up your thesis, we are lead to making false accusations resulting in failure.

Without critical thinking, our world would not continue to move forward. It is because of it that influential figures such as J.K. Rowling or even Bill Gates are who they are today. Critical thinking helps us to expand our horizons and focus on what is "outside the box." By taking it to a deeper level, we become equipped with different styles of thinking which help us deal with challenges through viewpoints besides our own. With this skill, we become better learners and individuals and as a result, help the world continue to grow.

References: goodreads. (2013). Quotes about Critical Thinking. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/critical-thinking goodreads. (2013). Chinese Proverb. Retrieved...
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