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.

We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don’t work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication, unveiling a prototype 3D printer that could design pills that adapt to our individual needs.

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

The Diner

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Duration: 5-10 mins

Intended for: Young people, undergraduates – good for employability skills

Contents: Workshop plan and supporting PowerPoint slides

Objectives: This is a great interactive exercise ideal for young people with a focus on problem-solving, active listening and getting everyone speaking

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

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