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Critical Thinking

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.

Why Do People Jump on the Bandwagon Instead of Thinking for Themselves?

Carol Morgan | Posted 09.12.2016 | Women
Carol Morgan

Is there any part of your life where you don't think critically - but you should? I think everyone should come up with their own answers. But hey, maybe that's just my opinion.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 11: Does the Belief in an Afterlife Affect One's View of this Life?

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.10.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: So far, we've been discussing how the Greeks viewed this life given their view of the afterlife. What I'd like to explore now is whether the ...

British Left Waffles on Falklands

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

On a recent drive, my son introduced me to the phrase which headlines this post, which reminded me that one of the great beauties of language, and a k...

Can I Vote For Hillary And Still Have An Inquiring Mind?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

I recently received a Facebook notification that my political preferences are being monitored. Facebook, shrewd detective that it is, scientifically ...

The Crowd

Jonathan Haber | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

One of the things we are supposed to be celebrating in this era of social media, open-source everything, citizen journalism, and various forms of "super-enabling" Internet politics is how it frees us from having to rely on authority.

What Are Those Trump Supporters Thinking?! They're Not. Chances Are, Neither Are You.

Tim Rymel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
Tim Rymel

For those of us watching the Trump circus on the outside, it is unsettling, to say the least, watching millions of people led by their fears, and leaders like Gingrich who stoke them despite facts to the contrary.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 9: Teaching How to Think, Not What to Think

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Getting Used to Thinking for Oneself Over the decades, students were surprised that they were being taught how to think, not what to think. No theory...

Gaffes And Modern Politics

Jonathan Haber | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

We now seem to be so obsessed with gaffes that we no longer have the patience to wait for the actual candidates to make them.

Trumphalism In An Age Of Pre-Achievement

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Neil S. Greenspan

Abetted by diverse technological advances and multiple cultural trends, America is becoming a nation in which we prize above all else not merely actual but potentially messy victory, but the glorious and inevitable 'massaged' image of victory.

The Single-Issue Voter

Jonathan Haber | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

With the conventions behind us, we enter a period when all news tends to get funneled into a single question: which Presidential candidate does it help?

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 8: Keeping In Touch with Your Inner Teenager

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.05.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Seeing Your Course through Students' Eyes Remember when you were young with your whole life before you; when everything was possible and nothing wa...

Should You Always Trust An Expert? Maybe, Maybe Not

Carol Morgan | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Carol Morgan

I have had one of my wisdom teeth come in within the last month. That might not sound weird, but I'm in my 40s. Typically you should get your wisdom t...

Critical Thinking in Genocide Prevention: How We Think Matters

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Bonhoeffer asks this question as he considers the Holocaust--looking back at both human depravity and the complicity that keeps "good humans" from acting. What turns all of us into bystanders and benefactors, safe in our homes, content not to rock the boat?