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.

Your timing made you and your partner infamous bank robbers. Now, you need to use that timing to break out of jail. Your partner is about to flash you a signal, and exactly 45 seconds later the electric fence circuit will short out. Then you notice that your watch is broken, and all you have are two 1-minute fuses in your pocket. Can you time your escape and get free? Dan Finkel shows how.

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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