Are You a Critical Thinker?

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Seferino Ruiz

September 3, 2014

Creative Thinking CRE 101

Tues and Thus from 12:30 to 1:45

Characteristics of a Critical Thinker

After several days I’m still intrigued by the term Relativistic Thinking – the thought of being better because one is more moral. It’s no secret things have gotten way out of control. Thinking for today is different than how someone would have thought in the seventies and so on. Today in Our ever changing society we use a lot more critical thinking to solve todays growing problems and arguments. This has primarily happened because the love has gone cold due to lawlessness and the enemy has evolved in its trickery to give lawlessness momentum. Over the years posing arguments have now resorting to more vicious tactics leaving the innocent no choice but to use our key intellectual traits of critical thinking to counter the false claim or argument. Therefore I will attempt to share with you my characteristic strength, weakness and how to improve on my weakest trait. So put your thinking cap on and be prepared to crash and burn. Hum, not a good idea better yet just put your thinkers on!

Now the beauty of today is evident in just how brilliant people have become. In everyday life we are just amazed at how far sports have come, in just how far medicine has achieved and for that matter just how far educational options have come. So forth and so on. And with the good always come the bad. Although some enemies, crooks and deceivers have left us no choice but to think as detectives do. Cautiously using critical thinking standards such as clarity, accuracy, and fairness helps us to zero in on the true identity of a critical thinker. I would have to say that the number one key intellectual critical thinking strength I display would be the option, “One who bases their beliefs on facts and evidence rather than on personal preference or self-interest.” (Pdf Ch.1 pg.25) I believe I have this strength because of my mother she just taught me at a real young age not to give false accusations against anyone or be a false witness against anyone. And those words my mother spoke really seem to inspire that particular strength mentioned above from the readings. I remember growing up and I’d try to lie about something, my mom would just see it in my face. I was not a good liar so I began to understand that being truthful can set us free from all kind of mumbo jumbo grief.

And on the other hand there’s just something’s when it comes to critical thinking that I’m just dumbfounded about or have yet to drop like a bad habit. My weakest critical thinking option would have to be the one that says, “Fear and resist ideas that challenge my basic beliefs.” I’m mainly this way, because I’m very judgmental and set in my ways. Hell, who isn’t? There’s no doubt that passing judgment is one of humanities weakest links. Being so judgmental is so passive now that people tie in our own failures and fears in stereotyping and judging others. The only possible way to improve and strengthen my weakest trait and I hate to admit it but it is probably going to be this class. Reason being is I’m normally a very secluded type of person not being around anyone who can give me other options of thinking outside the normal. And getting knowledge just makes it easier to see it from a different light especially when it comes from professors and accredited text books.  Then I feel comfortable looking at the other options!

I’m Loving my college class!

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CRE 101 Week 3                                                                               September 12, 201

There’s no denying that every single thing we learned as a class this week, will be and has been very beneficial to our creative thinking for today and for future analylizations, synthesis, and evaluations of modern proposed problems and arguments. In this review I will explain just how premises, conclusion, arguments and non arguments pertain to my personal life, to my daily class life and to how they can affect my foundation of learning. The following information is no generalization of personal intuition but factual claims of class exercises and textbook readings.

The truth is I can for see myself using a more coherent type of critical thinking when I read contracts, proposals, and who knows maybe even legal papers on day. Just off the top of my head one area where we should use critical thinking but we don’t in 2014 is the term’s of use, acceptance and conditions for certain types if not all Apps and WiFi community connections. Although CRE 101 has made me more open minded to recognize and familiarize myself with statements that purpose arguments through the understanding of how to pick out premises and conclusions in statements. That may or may not be argument articles. As in the past for me it has been difficult and obscured through lack of knowledge to understand arguments in statements. Just from reading them. But through better understanding of Rhetorical Appeals like Pathos, dealing with emotion and Logos dealing with logic and facts. I’m able to see the purpose of the article, the speaker, and argument type.

My biased mental habits, stereotypes and opinions that have betrayed my thinking for years are being buried as we speak. Instead I opt in to asking critical questions. Asking meaningful questions is my new doctrine, which will in turn help me evaluate evidence or assumptions of any argument, proposed to me in the future. In Asking the right Questions chapter eight, How Good Is the Evidence? Browne and Keeley help us understand how important it is to “evaluate factual claims, the legitimacy of evidence and just how good is our evidence when we propose our arguments.”(Brown, Keeley 92)

Shocking enough taking time to examine all the given evidence in my other class syllabi is going strong into my fourth week. Thus supporting my factual claim that with out studying the evidence on the syllabi I will be lost and at risk of failing all my classes                                          only due to my lack of evaluation on the given evidence. But due to my intuition of critical thinking I have stayed on top of the ball game!

And last but not least, It’s  this type of critical thinking that will shock me into and lead me to ask more critical questions for today and for the remainder of my entire college career. In particular, our thinking caps have to be fully charged when dealing with finding evidence through research that will be used to support an argument. Such an example was the C.R.A.A.P Test, which helps us to evaluate the research and evidence that we find on the Internet. Where in our course textbook Brown and Keeley teach us how to test and evaluate the text of articles that are biased, generalizations, personal testimonies and overall being able to evaluate research in general from A-Z. (Brown, Keeley 115) Wow, I’m very grateful for this insight into smarter thinking …….. Thank You Critical Thinking Week Three.

  1. Brown Neil.M, & Keeley Stuart M, (2007). Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking 11th edition, Pg 92 and 115.