Critical Thinking Essay

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EPY-150 Tues/Thurs
Final Essay
12/13/11
What is critical thinking, and why is it important for me to use 'critical thinking' for my college career and future? Critical thinking is a process of over looking, and carefully thinking while reading, writing, speaking, and listening. "Critical thinking is a path to freedom from half truths and deception." When we use critical thinking in group discussions we have to keep an open-mind, because different people have opposite beliefs, and will share with you their own viewpoints on the subject given. Knowing how to critically think is one of the most important things for you while you are in college. It will help you properly discover what you want to do for your long term career. It is very important for you to make the right decisions for yourself quickly, that is what requires critical thinking.

An encyclopedia definition of 'logical fallacy' is: "The ability to identify logical fallacies in the arguments of others, and to avoid them in one’s own arguments, is both valuable and increasingly rare. Fallacious reasoning keeps us from knowing the truth, and the inability to think critically makes us vulnerable to manipulation by those skilled in the art of rhetoric."(http://www.logicalfallacies.info/) Fallacy is basically a big lie.

There are "fifteen common mistakes in logic", and I am going to explain to you five of the fifteen that I dislike. First off would be "Jumping to conclusions", which is where you jump to a faulty conclusion, determening an outcome before it even happens, and ususally an "exercise that some lazy thinkers get" (pg 216.handbook)

Secondly is "Attacking the person" making a false assumption about somebody, and making their whole reputation look bad. For instance, there is a couple in a very trusting and caring relationship, and one day a friend of there's sees the boyfriend hanging out with another girl that is just a friend. But, this other firend goes around telling others that he is...
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