Critical Analysis On Critical Thinking

870 Words Jan 28th, 2016 4 Pages
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”- Christopher Hitchens. What is critical thinking? What does it mean to think? What does it mean to be critical? These are all questions that the average person does not think about on the daily basis. However if a person wants to persuade another person or an audience, they must be able to analyze these questions in their own statement. In this paper, I will be describing what critical thinking means to me by unfolding each word separately, then tying it together into the meaning of critical thinking. To begin, the word critical can mean a variety of different things. From the lecture notes on January 19th, the words/phrases used to describe critical that stood out the most to me were; asking questions, focus/examination, forming of opinions, becoming more aware, and the process of refining. What these words/phrases all have in common is that they are focusing on a specific part of something and looking/researching into further detail about that particular thing. As defined in the Oxford dictionary, “expressing adverse or disapproving comments of judgements” and “expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, art, etc.” In both of these definitions from the Oxford dictionary, I find it particularly interesting that they both begin with the word “expressing”. For me this means that everyone goes about their day thinking about things, but when…
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