Critical thinking

8 09 2011

by AngryPanda

“Recently, critical thinking has been described as “the process of purposeful, self-regulatory judgment, which uses reasoned consideration to evidence, context, conceptualizations, methods, and criteria.”

This is the big one in western society. It is the difference between us and countries like India and China. We teach out children at school to question assumptions and facts. What a load of bullshit. Anyone who believes schools even want to teach that to kids should practice regular thinking first. These institutions would fail terribly in their real purpose (producing good little drones) and would cause themselves a ton of trouble if they truly encouraged this. Anyone who ever did dare to have a critical thought at school will know how much trouble that will get them into. It helps tobe torn to be able to judge statements from state and family both with equal detachment to not feel like you belong so you can view your home country and the rest of the world as neutral as possible and to not blindly trust friendly sources of information. Most importantly it requires the ability to see the difference between the world as it is told to you and how it really does look to you. TV is still the greatest deceiver in our world but there are other forces at work here, in many cases your own loved ones and family. Don’t tell me your mom never tried to get you to believe in things you clearly saw to be absolutely wrong in day-to-day life… .

There are many things that can turn a person into a critical spirit: Intelligence is most certainly an age, as is a tendency to brood. It also really helps to not fit in and by nature be forced to view things from the outside. (I personally make no claim to the first but I do brood and the only way I could be more outside of normal society would be if I were in space.)

It is a difficult thing to teach critical thinking as it is the opposite as copying things and believing in dogma. You can try but in the end you might just end up getting someone to believe your own views which isn’t the point at all. As such anyone who truly does critical thinking must be inherently suspect of any person and especially institution that claims to promote it. To think critical means to question yourself and your surroundings and the later part is highly unpopular with any sort of institutions (schools, family, your state, economic system). Society does not want you to question these things, it wants them accepted as perfect. Nobody likes to be questioned in their purpose or methods. It is much more convenient to accept the dogma of current “Zeitgeist” and simply claim that is thinking critical and keeping an open mind. To carry these things like a totem before you. The way our society treats critical thinking is like marching under a banner made of corpses while claiming all that flesh proves they cherish life.





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21 11 2011
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