October 19, 2012
Critical thinking is being a critic of your own thought process. In other words critiquing what it is that we are giving thought to. Critical thinking happens when we submit our thinking, or the thinking of other, to the tribunal of logic and good sense. (pg. 10) This involves being able to determine that there is a logical answer to problems or issues and to see the problem for what it really is without becoming bias. Critical thinking is having the reasoning as to whether a claim is true, sometimes true, partly true, or even false. It is having the ability to understanding when someone is taking a position on an issue, what the issue is, and what the person’s position is on that issue. Critical thinking allows a person to decide whether or not the other person’s argument is based on faulty reasoning and helps the person come to a conclusion about the issue at hand.
Using strong critical thinking we might evaluate an argument as worthy of acceptance because it is valid and based on true premise. Critical thinking can occur when ever one judges, decides, or solves a problem: in general whenever one must figure out what to believe or what to do, and do so in a reasonable reflective way. In essences critical thinking is thinking about thinking with understanding the concepts of what is required to do so. In other words critical thinking is another way of taking up the problems of life and knowing how to solve them with a sound decision.