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Critical Thinking

Science Is: A Question

Community Advocate Stuart | Posted 10.20.2013 | Science
Community Advocate Stuart

Science is a way of thinking about the Universe in terms of measurable and empirical evidence, ergo science is also a method of testing the same, and it is about that method that I am writing today.

Developing Cognitive Competence: Learning the Skills of Argument

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

This is the key for our future. We must ensure we are building a nation of competent citizens capable of thinking critically at work, at home and in the public arena.

A Society with Poor Critical Thinking Skills: The Case for 'Argument' in Education

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Argument is a more complex and challenging cognitive skill for students than other genres of reading and writing, such as exposition or narration.

Religion Becoming Obsolete? It Could Happen!

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Steve Siebold

Religion will continue to be popular in a world that's addicted to the emotion of hope. Critical thinking says people don't believe in the Bible because it's believable; they believe it because they want to believe it. They need to believe it.

Detroit Must Grow Up and Liquidate Assets

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The message we're sending other cities as well as our own citizens is it's OK to mismanage all of your money because the government will come riding in on the white horse to save you.

Fourth Trimester Abortion: Are You Serious?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Today I want to talk with you about fourth trimester abortions. I hope you are already asking yourself what this means. The term itself makes no sen...

What If I'm Wrong?

Matt Murrie | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

Who is Ethan Porter? According to Ethan, he is: a Philosopher of Science, Professor of Darkness, Harbinger of Despair, and (among plenty of other thin...

The Importance of Why

Laurel Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Laurel Schwartz

Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

The Real Business of Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

If you go to college you should leave campus with a tool kit of skills that will guarantee a good paying job -- a good return on your educational investment. It's hard to argue with such an idea.

Congressman Tim Huelskamp Needs to Back Off -- The Court Has Spoken

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Huelskamp is going to continue to try and block same-sex marriages by amending the U.S. Constitution and introducing the Federal Marriage Amendment. Here's the most laughable part: Congressman Huelskamp's home state of Kansas isn't even backing him.

A Game-Changing Education Book from England

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

A British schoolteacher, Daisy Christodoulou, has just published a short, pungent e- book called Seven Myths about Education. It's a must-read for anyone in a position to influence our low-performing public school system.

The Supreme Court Gets It Right on Gay Marriage!

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

I've been a firm believer all along that gay marriage would be legal in all 50 states in the next 10 years, and today's decisions by the Supreme Court make me believe that that is more realistic than ever and could even happen sooner.

New Gallup Poll Shows 70 Percent of Americans Are Disengaged From Their Jobs

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

The consequences are many, but Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. as much as $550 billion in economic activity each year.

DCMF Leads Charge in Middle East/Africa Media & Information Literacy Plan

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Qatar has embarked on an ambitious plan to ensure that public and private schools in the Arab Gulf emirate are fully media and information literate by 2014. It is also aiming further afield to reach institutions in the Middle East and Africa.

Reading Skills: A Key to Short- and Long-Term Career Success

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Many new college grads may be surprised when they enter their first interview with degree in-hand, only to be told another applicant landed the job, not because of the name of the school on their degree, but because they could communicate effectively, generate ideas, and demonstrate their skill in the field.

I Only Have One Thing to Say to Jeff Bliss

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Ferroni

As a teacher who is an innovative and outspoken advocate for education and educators, and who takes his profession very seriously, I have only one thing to say to Jeff Bliss and his now historic rant: Bravo, Jeff.

New Report Connecting Intelligence to Wealth Is Nonsense

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

This report is irrelevant because the only way it determined someone's level of intelligence was looking at the college they attended.

Illiterate? Read This!

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Carine Fabius

Can a lack of basic reading skills make you sick? I would not have readily made that connection but the answer is yes. According to the NNLM, a U.S. government agency.

An Economy of Thought

Amitai Shenhav | Posted 04.02.2013 | Science
Amitai Shenhav

Psychologists Wouter Kool and Matthew Botvinick have provided exciting new evidence for a principle that has been referred to as the "law of least mental effort" -- they have shown that individuals treat mental effort very similarly to how they treat physical effort.

The Most Important Skill You Have (But Are Probably Ignoring)

Edward Muzio | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Edward Muzio

We know that the key to positively influencing adult behavior lies in getting individuals to practice existing skills in novel contexts. Our solution, therefore, is simple: We must take our existing complex thinking and problem-solving skills and use them more often.

Putting Country Before Party

David L. Nevins | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
David L. Nevins

Almost one year ago I published an article in The Huffington Post entitled, "Our System of Governance Is Not Working." At that time, I wrote of the dy...

Negative Ads vs. Toulmin

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

In recent years, a host of new logical systems have emerged which allow us to do things Aristotle's system cannot.

Negative Ads vs. Aristotle

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Proving that an argument is invalid (ideally by showing that it ends in a logical contradiction) is one of the most effective ways to destroy an opponent's case.

Deep Thoughts, No Fooling

Randy Rosenberger | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Rosenberger

It's not your fault that you don't think harder and better. You're not wired for it. Deep thinking requires effort, and no matter how hardworking you think you are, we don't like to expend the effort required to think hard. It's a subconscious thing.