Is Critical Thinking A Myth Or Reality?

The words “critical thinking” and the idea of critical thinking have been with us since we were young. It’s a term that is used as some sort of measuring stick or as a way to compare one person against another. In other words, some people are seen as better at critical thinking than others, some may be smarter than others, while some aren’t as intelligent as those who are good at it. But is any of this true? Can you really measure a person’s thought process? Is there a stereotype for those who don’t understand it well enough to do it correctly on a regular basis? These questions can be answered with a quick look into what critical thinking really means and how it works in today’s society.

First, what is critical thinking?

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary , critical thinking is defined as:

To think about or evaluate something carefully and fairly.

as applied to those who use it:

To be able to say clearly why you agree or disagree with someone.

This is a broad term that can mean many different things depending on how it’s used and who’s using it.

For example, if we look at how teachers teach students they will say that there are three steps involved in learning and then applying these concepts into everyday life situations; this includes analysis, evaluation, and finally action. A person may analyze a problem by breaking down all of its pieces individually before putting them back together again. The evaluative process is nothing more than judging the pieces that one has gathered. Then, finally, action follows; which means that once the problem has been analyzed and evaluated then an intelligent decision can be made on what course of action should be taken in order to solve the problem at hand. This entire idea sounds like it would work perfectly for anyone who is trying to learn or understand anything new, but yet there are many people who seem to do well without using these steps regularly. So how does understanding critical thinking help someone?

Well, for example, if you’re having problems with your child not doing their homework properly before asking them why they didn’t do it then you have already started off on the wrong foot. If you ask them why they didn’t do their homework, chances are you will get the typical “I don’t know” response. Then, if you ask them to tell you what they did instead of doing their homework, they will probably respond by saying that they watched TV or played video games. Now, let’s apply critical thinking to this situation; what would happen if instead of asking those two questions to your child and getting those responses from them then you asked them why they chose to watch TV or play video games? They might say something like “because it was relaxing”. So now you have learned a few things about the problem. First, there wasn’t a reason as to why your child didn’t do their work aside from not wanting to do it. Second, there was a reason for why they didn’t want to do their homework; it was “relaxing” and this type of thinking is not what you would like to see from your child. By applying critical thinking here, at this point in time, you can sit down with them and explain the importance of doing their work instead of relaxing because by doing that then there won’t be any more problems or arguments about homework in the future.

So we know that critical thinking is nothing more than breaking things into small pieces and then putting them back together again; but how does something like this apply to someone’s everyday life? For example, let’s say that you’re having trouble understanding some form of material when reading. This means that something within that material doesn’t make sense to you. Now, how can critical thinking be applied here? Well, first thing would be to rephrase the question: what part of this material makes no sense to you and why? You should begin by breaking down the problem into its smaller pieces so that it’s easier for you to understand and then putting those pieces back together again until they form a complete picture; which is the goal. By doing this process over and over again multiple times then your understanding will grow as well because now your brain has filed information into memory for future use instead of throwing it out like normal.

Now that we’ve gotten past this very basic definition of what critical thinking is and means, next we need to figure out if critical thinking is a myth or reality. To answer this question, first let’s talk about the definition of myth. A myth is nothing more than an idea that someone has come up with or believes to be true but it isn’t necessarily true at all since myths are typically just stories people tell each other for fun. So, if critical thinking is a myth then it must mean that it isn’t real and that anyone who thinks otherwise is just being fooled into believing things that aren’t necessarily real. However, there are thousands of people who have used critical thinking techniques to learn things they never knew before as well as helping others use these techniques properly to solve problems instead of making the problem worse by arguing about why something doesn’t make sense or doesn’t follow along with what they believe is right. So, if critical thinking is a myth then those thousands of people are actually the ones being fooled into believing something that isn’t real and all those arguments about why something doesn’t make sense to someone isn’t also real as well because myths don’t exist.

In conclusion, critical thinking is not a myth but a reality that has been around for centuries now and will continue to stay this way until the end of time which means there’s no reason as to why anyone should believe otherwise.

If you still think its a myth then you need only look at some of your everyday life experiences like watching TV or playing video games with friends in order to see how it can actually help you understand things better than before when compared to just going through life with a set way of doing things and not using your mind to solve problems. In addition to that, critical thinking comes from within which means you’re the only one who can actually help yourself learn this valuable skill because teachers aren’t going around ready to hold your hand throughout your entire life in order for you to understand something that doesn’t make sense or give you any false information that could lead down a path in the wrong direction in the long run.

Finally, if it’s a myth then everyone would be using critical thinking all day everyday in order for it to work so, since we’ve already seen how effective it is when people use it correctly, then there’s no reason at all as to why should believe it’s a myth and instead believe it’s a reality that you can actually use in order to solve problems and help yourself become successful in life provided you put the time and effort into learning how it works.

 

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