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A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking

A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking
A Practical Guide To Critical Thinking By Greg R. Haskins haskins02@yahoo.com Acknowledgment: Much of this paper was based on two sources, both by Robert Todd Carroll, Ph. D: 1) Becoming a Critical Thinker - A Guide for the New Millennium, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2000; and 2) The Skeptic’s Dictionary, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003. This paper presents a concise introduction to critical thinking. Introduction What Critical Thinking is Not Step 1: Adopt the Attitude of a Critical Thinker Step 2: Recognize & Avoid Critical Thinking Hindrances Step 3: Identify & Characterize Arguments Step 4: Evaluate Information Sources Step 5: Evaluate Arguments Argument Checklist Tables of Critical Thinking Hindrances Introduction There have been many definitions of critical thinking. A process by which we use our knowledge and intelligence to effectively arrive at the most reasonable and justifiable positions on issues, and which endeavors to identify and overcome the numerous hindrances to rational thinking.

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