Monday, February 16, 2015

Critical Thinking & Critical Thinker

Critical thinking has been described as “thinking about thinking."

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.

Critical thinking has been described as “thinking about thinking.” There is a certain level of growing impatience in the world today that results in critical thinkers as being anti new ideas. This is not true, the agile critical thinking has the potential to have creativity as the deep thinking process, to think in an alternative way and discover the new way to do things. Since critical thinking can save one from making sometimes serious mistakes. It has also been described as "thinking about thinking." Critical thinking has been described as “reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do.” Rejecting ideas without first applying critical thought is not a good thing either. If human society behaved like this we would be probably still rooted in the dark ages.

Critical thinkers are neither critical nor judgmental: More recently, critical thinking has been described as the process of purposeful, self-regulatory judgment, which uses reasoned consideration to evidence, context, conceptualizations, methods, and criteria. Within the critical social theory and philosophical frame, critical thinking is commonly understood to involve commitment to the social and political practice of participatory democracy, willingness to imagine or remain open to considering alternative perspectives, willingness to integrate new or revised perspectives into our ways of thinking and acting, and willingness to foster criticality in others. However, the critical thinkers are neither critical nor judgmental; as thought leaders, they apply critical thinking in identifying gaps, problem-solving and seeing things differently.

Critical thinking is crucial for dealing with uncertainty and complexity of today’s digital dynamic, and doing things we never did before, but doing them right; it also helps to challenge the conventional wisdom, to continually push the world forward.


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