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Critical Thinking

Donald Trump Rocks Vegas Crowd

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

While many people might not take him seriously as a candidate for president of the United States, his rhetoric is scratching the proverbial itch of Americans through his no-holds barred, bold and direct, politically incorrect approach to the country's problems.

Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Mark Baer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Baer

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the production and development of Disney•Pixar's film "Inside Out." The film is named "Inside Out" because it is about the inner workings of the mind, which controls how people behave.

Still Against Gay Marriage? Read This!

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

To all my LGBT friends and Americans, this is your time. Congratulations! The bullies and bigots will kick and scream like the small minded manipulators they are, but it hasn't been enough to prevent Americans from doing the right thing.

A Global Solution Towards Human Evolution, Development and Empathy

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Multiple deadly attacks arose multiple questions and covered up all my mind all long this first weekend of summer.

Six Lessons in Critical Thinking from a Professional Critical Thinker

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

We sat down with Risa Mish, Professor of Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Leadership at Cornell University, for Spartan Up! The Podcast to find out how to maximize our own critical thinking.

How Do We Write When We Write About Art?

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

We all have tried to talk about an affecting or lasting experience to our closest friends and been struck by the thought that language simply is not enough. It's hard to talk about art in a way which feels truly meaningful.

7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money This Summer

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Steve Siebold

The most financially aware parents teach their children that it's right to want to be rich, and it's also possible for anyone who thinks big.

I'm Giving Away Most Of The Money I'll Ever Earn. Here's How I'm Doing It.

Toby Ord | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Toby Ord

A few years ago, I decided to give away most of the money I'll earn in my career. At the same time, I made an even more important decision. I decided to give my money to the charities that do the most good.

Let's Take Action Instead of Praying About It

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If your own critical thinking tells you to pray to Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha or even the Spaghetti Monster, by all means say your prayers in the privacy of your own home or silently if in a public setting.

The Practical Liberal Arts

Ira Silver | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Ira Silver

It is a critical time for liberal arts institutions that serve this student body to engage in better publicity about the vocational value of the liberal arts. Now, there's a message worthy of a commencement address.

Helping Kids to Become Reflective Rebels

Alfie Kohn | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

Compliance remains the central goal of most classroom management programs, character education initiatives and parenting resources. Sure, we stress the virtues of independent thinking and assertiveness, but mostly in the context of getting kids to resist peer pressure

9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point.

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

Why Does Deepak Chopra Hate Me?

Steven Newton | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Steven Newton

Deepak Chopra is so on the fringe, it's actually fun to read him usually -- picture me with tears in my eyes, emitting cackles like Mozart's braying laugh in Amadeus. But when he goes after evolution, it starts to feel personal -- and less amusing.

An Easter Message of Inclusion

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Steve Siebold

The fact is America must evolve or die. So this Easter Sunday when you're celebrating the rebirth of Jesus, ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" Would he spew his hatred toward his fellow man or extend his hand in friendship and peace?

Why Critical Thinking Will Never Be on the Test

Peter Greene | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Critical thinking is NOT starting with the conclusion that you want to reach and then constructing a bridge of arguments specifically designed to get you there, and yet this is perilously close to the kind of thinking a standardized test requires.

The Cost of Single-Mindedness

Mary Lippitt | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Mary Lippitt

Leaders are told to 'keep their eyes on the prize', but a single-minded approach is not the answer. While it provides clear direction, quick answers and a reason to persevere, narrow thinking blinds us to the big picture and the opportunity for creative solutions.

Pastor Creflo Dollar Wants Your Dollars

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Plain and simple: Pastor Creflo Dollar is a disgrace. Today's headlines read: "Creflo Dollar's lofty plan seeks $65M jet for global missions." And if that wasn't enough, the man bearing the name Dollar, is asking 200,000 people to contribute $200 each to purchase the plane.

A Closer Look at the Death Penalty as Utah Considers Firing Squads

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.11.2015 | Crime
Steve Siebold

If the Utah State Senate gets its way, Utah could soon use firing squads to execute some death-row prisoners. The measure passed 18 to 10 on Tuesday, ...

Governor Scott Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor; Wisconsin Becomes 25th "Right to Work" State

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Critical thinking says if you want to earn more money, bullying your employer with a mob isn't the answer. Production is. If you want to earn more money, provide more service.

Legalize Marijuana and Keep the Moral Police Out of Our Lives

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

While many people are clearly in favor of legalization around the country, our leaders in Washington still think they know what's best for us. Logic and reason don't always prevail in America. The moral police do.

Why Is 90 Percent of America Stressed About Money?

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.08.2015 | Money
Steve Siebold

The reality is acquiring money is more about consciousness than currency. Building your financial empire and reducing stress about finances starts with changing your thinking.

3 Reasons for Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll's Final Call of Super Bowl XLIX

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.04.2015 | Sports
Steve Siebold

In Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll completely underestimated the New England Patriots. After all, his team just needed to advance the ball only one yard and it seemed that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming back to Seattle.

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Educating for Democracy: High School Graduation Rates and Critical Thinking

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The discrepancies between rising graduation rates and declining thinking skills are indications that there is something profoundly wrong with the education-evaluation system, which is supposed to measure achievement but can be manipulated to create a false impression of success.