Assumptions

Consider this scenario…

The stillness of the morning air was broken. The women headed down to the track.

What do you think they are doing?  What assumptions have you made? Do you think they are going for a run? Do you think they are heading for a train?  Did you want to ask questions about the situation? What if I told you “the track” is a music store?  Did your narrow thinking get you into trouble?

In order to become better thinkers, we must be willing to actively analyze the extent to which we objectively judge information that doesn’t agree with what we already think. Critical thinkers want to change their view when they discover a better way of thinking.

We probably all believe we’re reasonable people… that we can make intelligent decisions. The truth is… many of us make decisions based upon opinion and biases.  What have you actually learned about how you think in your life? Could you write a precise answer to these questions?

  • What steps do you take to clarify your thinking?
  • Do you consistently stay on topic?
  • Do you ask the right questions?
  • Do you change your mind when another point of view makes more sense?

Thinking about thinking means that we must be able to systematically evaluate our own thinking processes using some form of standards. We need to examine the parts of thinking, reasoning, and the importance of questioning.

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