Critical Thinking

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” — Thomas Paine.

How often do we question our assumptions, judgements and thinking skills? Not often enough. True critical thinking means less justifying of our actions and acceptance of information at face value and more curiosity and getting in the habit of asking far more questions than we do.

Critical thinking is crucial for good decision-making. Here are some great TED talks to help understand how we make choices.

In 1988, Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create “aha moments” — moments of surprise, learning and exuberance — frequent and intentional rather than random and occasional. Now Goldman is working to apply the lessons learned from Blue Man Group to education, creating Blue School, a school that balances academic mastery, creative thinking and self and social intelligence. “We need to cultivate safe and conducive conditions for new and innovative ideas to evolve and thrive,” Goldman says.

Critical Thinking worksheets

Assumptions Exercise
Assumptions Exercise

Complete this worksheet to challenge both your own and others’ assumptions.

4 ways to fast track your critical thinking skills
4 ways to fast track your critical thinking skills

Try these as soon as you can to fast track your critical thinking skills.

Critical Thinking As It Relates To Problem Solving
Critical Thinking As It Relates To Problem Solving

A simple worksheet that helps you work through problems using critical thinking skills.

More Critical Thinking resources

Why incompetent people think they’re amazing – David Dunning explains.

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