The Importance of Critical and Creative Thinking

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Describe a situation in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome. Describe why it is important to think critically and creatively in similar situations. Critical thinking to begin with "is the use of those cognitive skills or strategies that increase the probability of a desirable outcome" (Sternberg, Roediger, and Helpern, 2007). One of the many situations where critical thinking should have been utilized to achieve a desirable (and perhaps better) outcome was when the International Monetary Fund IMF failed to take action against Strauss-Kahn, its head at the time, for having an illicit affair with a subordinate by the name Nagy. That was in 2008. Despite Strauss-Kahn admitting that the said affair had indeed taken place, "the IMF took no action against Strauss-Kahn other than to say that he had shown poor judgment" (McGreal, 2011). Several years down the line, Strauss-Kahn was arrested on sexual harassment charges thus causing negative publicity to IMF. One of the key benefits of thinking critically is that such kind of thinking increases the likelihood of achieving desirable outcomes (Sternberg, Roediger, and Helpern, 2007). This is more so the case given that critical thinking encourages an extensive interrogation of facts, open-mindedness, prudence in decision making, etc. Define free will, truth, knowledge, and opinion. Explain how we use them to form thoughts. Over time, the terms opinion, knowledge, truth, and free will have
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