Fair Mindedness

Test the idea… of your intellectual humility.  Think of a situation you were in recently wherein you stated something to be true which you in fact were not sure of. Analyze the situation using this format:

  • The situation was as follows…
  • In the situation I said…
  • What I really should have said (which would have been more accurate) is…

As we become more aware of the thinking that is shaping our lives, we might notice that we: make questionable assumptions; reason with prejudice; use incomplete  or misleading information; or think egocentrically.

What is a fair-minded thinker.  Have you ever felt like you were talking to a brick wall? You were probably dealing with a closed-minded thinker. However, being open, or fair-minded doesn’t  mean accepting all other points of view. The critical thinker must be willing to investigate viewpoints different from his or her own, but at the same time  recognize when to doubt claims that do not merit such investigation.

Our aim as critical thinkers is to cultivate ourselves as fair-minded, intellectually responsible persons. To achieve this goal, we strive to develop intellectual traits.  These attributes are essential to excellence of thought. They determine with what insight and integrity we think. Take the intellectual traits inventory to see what your strengths and areas needing improving in being fair-minded.

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