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A sequence on how to see through the disguises of answers or beliefs or statements, that don't answer or say or mean anything. Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions is probably the most important core sequence in Less Wrong. Posts in the sequence are distributed from 28 Jul 07 to 11 Sep 07. Main sequence Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences)
- Alvarez, C., Does Philosophy improve Critical Thinking Skills? 2007. A meta-analysis of rearch on the effectivity of different methods to develop critical thinking skills. Click here for a map of the conclusions. For the meta-analysis itself click here ( see especially Chapter 5). - Davies, W.M., 'Not quite right' : helping students to make better arguments .
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Top Ten Argument Mapping Tutorials . Six online tutorials in argument mapping, a core requirement for advanced critical thinking. The Skeptic's Dictionary - over 400 definitions and essays.
The first virtue is curiosity. A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance. If in your heart you believe you already know, or if in your heart you do not wish to know, then your questioning will be purposeless and your skills without direction. Curiosity seeks to annihilate itself; there is no curiosity that does not want an answer. The glory of glorious mystery is to be solved, after which it ceases to be mystery.
Wikipedia defines decision analysis as the discipline comprising the philosophy, theory, methodology, and professional practice necessary to address important decisions in a formal manner . Standard decision-making techniques generally involve the following steps: Identify available options.