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Critical Thinking

  1. There are many benefits to building good critical thinking skills that include better physical and mental health, greater academic success, greater financial wealth and a greater sense of personal control.  
  2. Building good critical thinking skills requires the systematic analysis of your thinking with the goal of improving it.
  3. A practical way to cultivate good critical thinking skills is through the framework provided by Paul and Elder on the website and in their books.
  4. Building good critical thinking skills requires cultivating valuable intellectual traits such as intellectual courage, intellectual humility and intellectual autonomy.
  5. Self deceptive thinking, such as egocentric thinking or self-validating thinking, interferes with the development of good critical thinking skills.

Your thinking affects every area of your life.  It determines where you dedicate your limited energy and resources. 

Developing good critical thinking skills is an important part of healthy living.

This section summarizes the most important information you need to know about building good critical thinking skills.  For additional information on this topic consult the "For Those Who Want to Know More" section below.


The short video "Critical Thinking" takes a look at some of the principles of critical thinking
Critical thinking for university students:  Becoming a critic of your thinking
Critical thinking for university students: How to study and learn part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4
Critical thinking for university students: The art of close reading part 1, part 2 and part 3
Distinguishing between inferences and assumptions
The stages of development of critical thinking:  From "unreflective thinker" to "advanced thinker"
Foundation for Critical Thinking YouTube Channel
Nine strategies you can use to develop as a thinker
30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking
Before believing or passing on an e-mail  or rumor check to see if it is true on "the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation"

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