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Critical Thinking

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?

Plagiarism

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

The big political news from last week was the Republican nominating convention and, if you judge the importance of stories based on time spent spinning in the news cycle, it seems as though the Yugist Event was Trump's spouse allegedly lifting words from Obama's during her brief speech at the start of the event.

Convergence

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In my day job as an educational researcher, I encounter a great many educational standards and other works trying to help ascertain the knowledge, ski...

Noise

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

After years and years of fracturing, we have finally ended up with an election in which massive amounts of communication seems to have narrowed our conversation (and political options) rather than opened them up.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 6: The Ethics of Avoiding the Extremes of Family

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.02.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: Since we've already dealt with the Greek notion of the Golden Mean as applied to Success, I thought we'd dispense today with the preliminarie...

Six Quotes You Must Believe To Be A Successful Entrepreneur

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

What separates great entrepreneurs from everyone else? Most people would say things along the lines of hard worker, smarts, expertise, dedication, thi...

Critical Thinking In Environmental Education: A Quick Lesson In Application

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

Many educators agree that teaching critical thinking skills is necessary because it better prepares students to be more productive members of society....

Doubt

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

The fact that such a revolt has already broken out within the Republican Party has created a dynamic where doubt is already causing party members to not just question the party's nominee, but the entire philosophy undergirding the institution's conservative identity.

Story Telling

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Given how much coverage of the Pulse story has centered on what the candidates did and didn't say afterwards, clearly stories about domestic Presidential politics have taken precedence over stories related to the event itself (apart from stories of people dealing with personal tragedies, which have fortunately not been used to fuel partisan arguments - yet).

Redefining Education to Include More Meaningful Critical Thinking

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 06.20.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

In a recent professional development session with a small group of teachers, our conversation evolved into deeply philosophical questions surrounding the purpose of education.

Why I'm Giving Up My Life As An Undercover Muppet

Kristen Lee | Posted 06.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kristen Lee

I was born with the entertainer gene. My hard wiring to please didn't go unnoticed. I was quickly nominated for the part of undercover Muppet, complet...

Argumentation From Outrage

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

I'm not sure what it means for our republic that a fallacy such as Argumentation from Outrage is on the verge of supplanting the whole package of logical and rhetorical techniques designed to construct a sound argument and then present it in a compelling manner. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean nothing.  

Association Fallacy

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Of all the fallacies described in Critical Voter, I suspect the one we'll be seeing the most of this election season is the already all-too-common Ass...