Critical Thinking By Edward Glaser

1285 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Marina Cazares
Dr. Elliot
English 1A
23 February 2016
Critical Thinking In a inspiring study on critical thinking and education in 1941, Edward Glaser defines critical thinking as “The ability to think critically, as conceived in this volume, involves three things: (1) an attitude of being disposed to consider in a thoughtful way the problems and subjects that come within the range of one 's experiences, (2) knowledge of the methods of logical inquiry and reasoning, and (3) skill in applying those methods. Critical thinking calls for a persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it intends. (Glaser, 1941) What critical thinking means to me is being able to make reasonable judgments that are logical and thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don 't simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to, but rather have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions along with accepting two sides of an idea. It requires wanting to see what evidence is involved to support a particular argument/ idea or conclusion. Questions like ‘How do you know that?’ and ‘Is there any evidence provided to support this?’ ‘Are there alternative possibilities when given new pieces of information?’ are some prime examples of what people ask while thinking critically. Additionally, critical thinking can be divided into the following three…

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