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Critical Thinking

After College Graduation, What? Cultivating How to 'Think-Beyond'

Vinita Gupta | Posted 05.07.2016 | Business
Vinita Gupta

After providing the basic foundation, universities launch us in the real world with an inspiring keynote address at the commencement. In the life st...

Read at Your Own Risk: Three Red Flags to Look for When Evaluating On-line Articles

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY TWO GRADUATE STUDENTS AND TWO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE: CARA CUCCUINI-HARMON (GS), REBECCA A. ...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness.

Engaging Your Opponent

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

t's probably too late to get candidates with a head of steam to start using rhetorical devices that still allow them to control debate while actually taking on the substantial issues they are supposed to be engaging with. But perhaps it is not too late for the rest of us to do so.

To Know, Take It Slow

Laura Mather | Posted 04.22.2016 | Technology
Laura Mather

Those who make a living analyzing our culture are sounding the alarm about a consequence of the internet that's both unintended and disturbing.

Managing Expectations

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of the most important rhetorical strategies for controlling debate is to set expectations, for yourself an others, in a way that maximizes your ch...

The 'Out-of-Control' Election

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.10.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Are those participating in these debates or analyzing them really thinking about the issues they raise critically, or even thinking about these issues at all, vs. using them to pursue an unspoken agenda?

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 4: The Limits of Reason

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Dear Reader, prepare yourself for mental legerdemain. As you recall, Part 1 of our story tells of Everyman, conditioned from birth to believe the aut...

Arguing With Bernie

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

I suspect that even those who are not Bernie boosters were less than satisfied with my recent analysis which used Aristotle's Square of Opposition to ...

6 Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

With April 1 almost here, those tax refund checks are starting to arrive in the mail. What are you going to do with the extra money? For most peop...

Contradicting Bernie

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Let's take a look at a campaign artifact to see how one of the most important critical-thinking tools - logic - can help us determine if something we believe, want to believe, or violently disagree with might be correct or not.

Trump's Ascent Proves Failure of US Education System

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Leonisa Ardizzone

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump actually said the words "I love the poorly educated...they are...the most loyal people." And for the ...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority Part 3: Leaving Plato's Cave, a Student Guide

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Fixed in one brief moment of time and place on an insignificant planet in a minor galaxy, we unaccountably believe that we are the navel of the universe, the measure of all things, the epitome of creation, and the Alpha and Omega of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

Elections and Technology - Who Controls Who?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.21.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

During the 2012 Presidential race, I wrote a story on the role technology was playing in election politics that pretty much boiled down to the claim t...

No Friend of Honor: Donald Trump and the Politics of Hate

Paola K Amaras | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Paola K Amaras

We need to understand something. This one-time joke has become a menace to society.

5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Mind for Optimal Performance

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Steve Siebold

So how exactly does one take on a spring cleaning of the mind and get mentally organized? Here are some ways to do it.

Educating for Democracy: Some Good News

Joel Shatzky | Posted 03.16.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

There is so much bad news about education these days that I decided to post a positive story about a class of students, most all minority, whom I observed at the Picasso sculpture exhibit at MOMA several weeks ago

Political Drama: Are You Engaged, Enraged or Detached?

Marlene Chism | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Marlene Chism

Do we have the courage to be curious without getting caught up in the seductive drama of being right? Could we for a moment, be a little less certain and a little more curious? Productive engagement is the path. Not enragement and not disengagement.

Predictability

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of mankind's great passions (and fantasies) is the hope that we can both predict and control the future. And never does this belief become more fashionable -- and expensive -- than during a Presidential election.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 2: A Nuanced Guide to Authorities

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

As you doubtless have realized by now, the questions that ended Part 1 of this series have never been answered in 25 centuries of Western philosophy....

Pictures

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

A number of modern sources inform the construct of critical thinking that underlies Critical Voter (both the book and just-released teaching curriculu...

A Critique of Critical Thinking

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.03.2016 | Education
Josh Stephens

Simply telling a kid to thinking critically is like telling him to be cool. You can't quite teach it. Fortunately, engaging in critical thinking doesn't have to be mysterious.

Consistency

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Belief in a single contradiction, no matter how innocent-seeming (or justified in a particular political situation) turns logic in on itself, giving us the logical grounding to believe anything no matter how idiotic or untrue.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority - Part 1: The Myths of the Tribe

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Once upon a time in a faraway land, there dwelt a people who never succeeded in quite growing up. From the time they were children until they bade adi...

The Death of Scalia

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

If we can leave it to others to debate law and politics, those of you reading this piece can appreciate another importance principle central to a debate that will be heating up the airwaves over the next several months: consistency, an issue that we will turn to next time.