Critical Thinking Overview

A short video introducing critical thinking. Critical thinking consists of both a conceptual skill set and a personal attitude. One must both have the thinking skills to evaluate evidence and processes of inference, but also have the will to subject oneself to the conclusions of those inferences. This involves trust in reason and willingness to reconsider one’s position, or adjust one’s beliefs and actions according to that which is derived from the most solid foundations of reason or empirical data. Critical thinking is inward­directed with the intent of maximizing the rationality of the thinker. One does not use critical thinking to solve problems — one uses critical thinking to improve one’s process of thinking. Thus one must be firstly interested in improving one’s cognitive processes.