December 01, 2008
Critical thinking is a skill developed throughout a lifetime. Critical thinking occurs when someone thinks about thinking. This occurs to make the person think well than before. During critical thinking a person will analyze, evaluate, and improve thinking. In order to think critically, a person must examine and put thoughts through a test. Critically thinking is like setting standards for thinking. No matter what the circumstances are; critical thinking ensures the best thinking is used by the individual.
To expand the quality of thinking, a person must a critic. In order for this to happen learning how to think must be a priority. Critical thinking is a process that can be good or bad. A person can gain power of situations by using critical thinking. Critical thinking allows a person to set new options, and open doors of potential. “Likewise, we are also part of all that we have thought; to a degree, we have become what we have thought about, and who we will become is limited by how and what we think.” (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, p.5)
“It follows that sometimes the evaluation and judgment will be positive. Whether you are evaluating record albums, people, cars, political parties, recipes, controversial issues, books, vacation spots, whatever, there is a range of arguments stretching from good to bad about each thing, and sometimes the net result of the evaluation will be that the thing is good and worthy, right and true. Critical thinking, then, is not a cynical, negative force designed to improve your fault finding. In fact, if this class merely strengthens your ability to depreciate the arguments of your opponents, I will not have succeeded in teaching you how to think critically.” (Harris, 2001)
Critical thinking is a constructive force and attitude. Critical thinking even examines arguments. Critical thinking is a process that...