“Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

February 20, 2011

Attributed to John Wayne.

A grittier version of my preferred definition of critical thinking: “The art of being right.”

Students not learning much critical thinking

January 19, 2011

Study: Students slog through college, but don’t gain much critical thinking

“An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn’t learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills that are widely assumed to be at the core of a college education.”

What would it have looked like if it had looked as if the earth turned on its axis?

January 18, 2009

Elizabeth Anscombe, a friend and pupil of Wittgenstein:

“Why do people say that it was natural to think that the
sun went round the earth rather than that the earth turned on its
axis?” I replied: “I suppose, because it looked as if the sun went round the
earth.” “Well, he asked, what would it have looked like if it had
looked as if the earth turned on its axis?” 

Free “Free the Facts!” – Dave Gray on the need for open access to scientific journals

January 18, 2009

Free the Facts!

Gist: critical thinking needs access to good factual information, information that has itself been derived through a process of (relatively, at least) good CT.  We have been accumulating a very large amount of such factual information (i.e., scientific knowledge).  This is mostly publicly-funded.  People should have access to that information, but it is hidden behind “toll booths” of journal fees. 

Interesting use of handwriting and drawing in a PowerPoint-type format. 

Moore, Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis

January 13, 2009

Free textbook

Chomsky on seeking truth

December 5, 2007

The search for truth
is a cooperative, unending endeavour. We can, and should, engage
in it to the extent we can and encourage others to do so as
well, seeking to free ourselves from constraints imposed by
coercive institutions, dogma, irrationality, excessive conformity
and lack of initiative and imagination, and numerous other obstacles.


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Critical Thinking For The Military Professional

November 1, 2007

Critical Thinking For The Military Professional

Col W. Michael Guillot


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