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Critical Thinking

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.

America Becomes More Progressive Through Pot and Gay Marriage Legalization

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Our leaders in Washington are lost. Democrats are creating a nanny state while Republicans are promoting puritanical dogma.

Why I Like Negative Ads

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
Jonathan Haber

I actually like negative ads. I know this might seem counterintuitive, given that negative ads suffer from so many shortcomings critical thinking-wise. But negative ads at least present an argument.

Campaign Finance -- Solved!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

No one in his or her right mind would spend over a billion to win an election unless the value of victory was much higher than that, which in the case of winning the presidency includes influence over trillions in spending (not to mention the other extraordinary powers and perks of office).

Clinton's AIDS Plan Misses Key Point: Comprehensive Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Steve Siebold

The delusional thinking is that providing comprehensive sex education in schools is an endorsement of sexual activity. Here's objective reality: whether you like it or not, teenagers are going to have sex. They always have and always will.

Critical Thinking: How Long Does it Take?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Far from being some form of esoteric knowledge, critical thinking turns out to be one of the more easy-to-learn and pragmatic skills available to all. Or at least all those willing to put in the reasonable amount of work needed to achieve success.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

Ayn Rand, Barack Obama and Critical Thinking

James Peron | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Don't confuse opinions, which one may hand out freely, with facts. Opinions are cheap; facts are valuable.

The Habit Of Inherited Beliefs

Aaron Anson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Aaron Anson

How much are we shutting out of our experience in the universe because we've been programmed to process only so little and believe in only so much as others have validated for us?

Beware of Things on Which We All Agree

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

In our daily lives we are confronted by what might be termed "the conventional wisdom," things we are taught from an early age and have heard repeated so often that we assume they must be true.

Civility

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

For most people, civility translates to quieter, measured and (one hopes) thoughtful discussion (vs. the raised voices and uncomfortable feelings we associated with what we've come to think of as uncivil behavior).

The Principle of Charity

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.

The Race to The White House -- Choosing a Candidate Through Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If you're one of those people who still haven't decided who you're going to vote for, it's time to make a decision. The best way to do this: use critical thinking.

The Shifting Morass of Morals

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

Morals arise from our values. They are personal, having to do with the people and environment in which we were raised and the experiences that shaped our growing up. As adults, our morals are still shifting and changing.

Critical Thinking and Prediction

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

In order to understand the substance of the prepared responses we are likely to hear tonight, you need to keep in mind the true audience the candidates are appealing to, which includes their own base and undecided voters (especially in swing states), as well as the media.

Bias Always Hurts the One You Love

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Before deciding that a campaign based on accusations of dishonesty must work, it might be worth checking your own biases at the door, at least long enough to ensure they are not leading you, your cause and your candidate over another cliff.

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Engineering Opportunity: Applying Effective Thinking

Edward Burger | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Edward Burger

There is no quick, shot-in-the-arm with which we can inoculate ourselves to have our problems clear up. We have to change by embracing habits that will make us think more effectively.