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Critical Thinking

Truth and the Hard Work of Thinking

Terry Newell | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Terry Newell

In the early days of the Trump Administration, we have been treated to conflicting information on a range of issues. Alternatively, we have been aske...

Don't Worry About the Free Press - Worry About Free Thinking

Terry Newell | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
Terry Newell

Concerns about media bias and fake news are valid. Some claim the free press is out of control - others that it's under attack. But the state of the...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 18: Civilization More than Telephones and Electric Lights

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.03.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Greek Way, Chapter 6, Question 3: What is meant by civilization is more than "telephones and electric lights"? Civilization means more than comf...

The Easiest Trick to Breaking Out of Wrong Ideas

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 12.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Max Harms Image credits: Randall Munroe This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that e...

Instinct and Decision Making: When "Going with Your Gut" Spells Trouble

Terry Newell | Posted 12.19.2016 | Impact
Terry Newell

"I rely on myself very much," Donald Trump has said, "I just think that you have an instinct and you go with it." There is certainly a place for inst...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 17: The Greek Way, Chapter 6, Questions 1 & 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

1. What is Plato's view of Socrates? A more important question would be: Was Plato telling the truth about Socrates? Not the Socrates of legend as ...

Encoding a Next Generation

Dan Rockmore | Posted 12.12.2016 | Education
Dan Rockmore

In my last post I argued (or cried) for a renewed valuing of and inculcation of "critical thinking" skills as a bulwark and counteroffensive to the i...

3 Ways To Get Your Kids To Share Their Thoughts More

Rubiena Duarte | Posted 12.02.2016 | Parents
Rubiena Duarte

Do you always encourage your kids to say whatever they want or do you censor them?

A Crisis for Critical Thinking

Dan Rockmore | Posted 11.30.2016 | Education
Dan Rockmore

The ongoing revelations around the "fake news" that seems to have worked its way into the election cycle and may or may not have affected its outcome ...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 16: The Greek Way, Chapters 4 & 5

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.27.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Chapter 4 Contrast the characteristics of Greek and Hebrew writing, and discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses. Greek is clear, brief, ...

Critical Thinking About The 2016 Election Results

Jonathan Haber | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

This election, with its unexpected and extraordinary results, ratcheted up the intensity of that query, but the substance remains the same: Are Americans making a profound decision of whom to place in charge of the nation based on something other than reason?

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 15: The Greek Way, Chapter 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

1. How did the geography of Greece affect the Greek character? Does a tough environment make a tough and resilient people? Will a hardscrabble child...


Jonathan Haber | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

if we continue to eagerly gobble up evidence of our enemy's perfidy from any source whatsoever vs. putting the time and effort into making up our own minds, how much longer will it be before we find ourselves in a dystopia our confirmation biases have built to imprison us?

Good News or Bad News: More People Are Asking 'Is Science Real'

Joseph T. Spadafino | Posted 10.25.2016 | Education
Joseph T. Spadafino

Failing to educate children, adolescents, and adults of all ages to think critically can lead many among us to hold opinions that are simply at odds with facts.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 14: The Greek Way, Chapter 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton's celebrated study of the Golden Age of Classical Greece, was the class text for the first nine weeks of our senior Engl...


Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

As already noted, the outsized examples we've seen this election cycle makes such behavior fair game for moral lessons delivered in lectures, editorials or sermons. My only problem with such moralizing is that it might be letting one party - all of us - off the hook.

Ignoring the Audience

Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

As usual, I'm leaving it to others to dissect the second Presidential debate in terms of policy and politics and instead focus on what we can learn fr...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 13: Remaining Silent during Discussion

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.10.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

"Less is more" is a good maxim to follow when conducting discussions with high-school seniors about their life experience. Three cases in point had to...

Fact Checking

Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Now logic is a more difficult thing to analyze than factual truth or falsehood, and those consuming such analysis require a certain facility with logic and argumentation in order to follow along. But what a wonderful thing it would be if there was an audience large enough to support just one web site offering such a service.

How Rising To The Challenge Of National Bridge Championships Has Transformed Me

Vinita Gupta | Posted 10.04.2016 | HuffPost Home
Vinita Gupta

I started playing tournament bridge the year I was turning 60. I had spent my life as a nerdy engineer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. After bein...

The End Of Rhetoric?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

On the surface, the inability to find any skilled rhetoric to analyze in the first debate is the result of neither candidate having much skill to demonstrate.

What Is A Voter's Responsibility?

Terry Newell | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

With election day fast approaching, it's worth asking: What is a voter responsible for doing?

Teaching The Greeks And Critical Thinking -- Part 12: Can You Be a Good Person if You Don't Believe in an Afterlife?

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: So far, we've been discussing how the Greeks viewed this life given their view of the afterlife, then whether the belief in the afterlife tod...

The Limits of Ideology

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

One of the latest mini-twists to come out of this year's twisted election season has to do with polling indicating that voters (particularly younger voters) Hillary Clinton has been counting on seem to be drifting to third-party alternatives.

Disorientation And Cognitive Bias At The Polls In 2016

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

During a normal election year, you can set your watch based on the following stages of bias overwhelming the ability to think critically.