Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a set of skills that are utilized to help a person decide the validity of claims. It helps a person to rational thought processes to solve problems.

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What role does language and language diversity play in the critical thinking process?

Answer1 Language being the commonly accepted means of communication has a diversity of roles in thinking processes, language misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Also it has impact on overcoming barriers to good communication such as faulty encoding and decoding in the transmission of information. Answer2: Abstract thought, and discussion of concepts such as gods, politics, merchandise and similar things that are not in front of us to look at, require language. Such interchanges are impossible without words and word-related concepts, along with agreement on their meanings in a particular context. Imagine having a discussion about the theory of evolution with someone who doesn't even understand the way scientists use the word "theory" (a common problem). Also, people who speak different languages actually think differently, based on the language in which they construct their thoughts.

Add to that the concept of semantics -- the meanings that words have beyond their literal meanings. For example, if I write "John and Mary had sexual intercourse," it has an entirely different semantic effect than if I write "John and Mary f***ed," even though it means exactly the same thing. Your ability to think critically about the two concepts would be affected in some ways, even if it were only your opinion of the person who wrote them and, thus, his potential reliability.

Critical thinking requires precise grasp of concepts and the ability to communicate them accurately, and that is impossible without language.


'Thinking' is for long exepted as existing, as well as 'mind'

That 'rationally' implies that also 'critical thinking' exists

Critical Behavior is proven, things like 'mind', 'spirit', 'anima', 'ether' never came further than the stage VERY TOUGH illusion.

Verbal language is behavior and is communicating 'intuition'.

Critical thinking might communicate 'critical intuition'


Language is a vocalized expression of concepts .The concepts are universal except for variations in the diverse nature expressed in a specific language. The vocalization in phonemes or morphemes structures differ from language to language if studied in the diverse historical,regional & social context but the concepts are universal and have the same semantic content. eg the semantic concept for an apple will be same for all languages but the vocalization will be diverse. Transliteration will give variations in semantic concept.

Critical thinking is Cognition ( in process) to format the embed concepts that emerge through a complex network in the neural cortices while cognitive process is only functional.The former is the embed concept, the later the functional aspect. The better the ability of the cognitive matrix to format the concepts, the better is the thinking process. Language is only the vocalized external output of a concept.

Language becomes a social interact within a language or in diverse languages to assimilate more concepts and has an important role in embed concepts for better and sometimes unique cognitive formatted concept output.

Language is a way of expessing emotive and logical thought. the language/s one knows are similar to a computer language like pascal, basic, logo or dos. many modern language have lost their logical integrity so that many sounds have a different meaning, eg. right, write, rite, wright (all pronounced the same yet with different meanings) or wind (force of air) & wind (to turn a crankshaft) words spelled the same yet with different pronunciation & different meaning, thus logic has been compromised. Of course some languages are like Logo, good for going around in circles! non compos mentis

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Language is the main device that human beings use to communicate. Language is also the primary means of communication of culture. Using a single language results in a monoculture and a certain set way of thinking and feeling. But when a person experiences and uses a diversity of language and cultures they present a variety of viewpoints and strategies. This is, of course, a great asset in the critical thinking process. The close relationship between language and culture makes language a very important tool to improve the critical thinking process. Culture shapes language and exploring diverse languages is a very good strategy for improving the critical thinking process.

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What is the role of critical thinking in persuasion?

Being able to evaluate in an objective and subjective manner that which you want to persuade somebody of something is an essential skill as you need to think through all the possible retalliations the person you are tring to presuade will come up with and be fore armed with answers, before they know they are going to ask the questions themselves.

One role would be knowing the subject well enough that you can analyze what information would convince someone to come around to your way of thinking.

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Distinction of uncritical thinking and critical thinking?

  • Critical thinkers are quick to criticize. They tend to criticize a statement in many different ways. If one can control their critical thinking and be more uncritical they can look at the solution more.
  • Critical thinkers are very protective of their brands (i.e. Religion, Products, Sports Teams, etc.). The problem with critical thinking comes when their protective ways protect something not right that leads us toward a bad path and into a crash (i.e. Humanitarian, Environmental, and Economic Catastrophes; Genocide, Terrorism, Global Warming, and Recessions)
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What role do language and language diversity play in the critical thinking process?

== Language diversity is essential for critical thinking. Language is logic. A language contains everything its speakers can think about or consider. For example, in Latin the word for friend is amicus, and the Romans took the idea very seriously. My friend is another me (alter ego), they said. But your basic ancient Roman male had no word for a female friend. The idea of having a female friend did not exist in his mind. The feminine form of amicus is amica, and it does not mean friend, but only girlfriend or mistress, because it was illogical for a male to consider any female to be anything like his equal. In Rome, a female did not even have her own name, only a feminine form of her father's name ( and a nickname, often Greek, to tell her apart from her sisters and cousins ), and she was legally the property of the senior male member of her family, who might be a teen-age adopted great-nephew. But if this hypothetical Roman had to learn the Celtic language of the people he called Germans, whose females enjoyed more-or-less equal standing to the men in their own society, the possibility of a female friend would necessarily be introduced into his speech. What effect would this have on his critical thinking? A profound one, to be sure, and that is but one single word/idea.

The greater part of the Greek vocabulary in English comes through the Latin, where it was introduced because Latin lacked the ideas most of the words stood for, not just the words. When only the word is missing, but some other language's imagery makes sense already, languages often make loan-translations rather than borrowing the foreign words. The English word superman, for example is loan translation from the German √úbermensch.

In either case, by borrowing or through loan translation, the different words do to language and therefore to logic and critical thinking what genetic diversity does to living creatures. * The languages of Pao by Jack Vance

* Babel 17 by Samual Delany

ANSWER: "I said what I said. I did not say what I did not say." Alfred Korzysbki created a discipline known as general semantics which attempts to train people to communicate in a more honest way. Our reliance on spoken and written languages with their ever evolving vocabulary is not enough. The diversity goes beyond the written or spoken word because the word is not the thing. This is not a sentence, it is a digital reproduction of the sentence I wrote. The word is not the thing, and without this understanding we are easily influenced by the manipulation of words. Propaganda relies heavily on the power of the word. Truth need not rely on words, and one who is deaf and dumb can communicate. His power of communication is defined solely by his ability to communicate in non verbal ways. Take away his hands and deny him the ability to write and the meaning of words become meaningless. A tree is much, much more than this word: Tree. Love is far more powerful than this word: Love. The thoughts I struggle to communicate at this moment are not in the words I use to communicate, they are bigger than that and when you read this it won't even be in this moment I am experiencing now. Any communication I have accomplished while you read this will not be a shared communication while you are reading it. The words can only help facilitate communication, it is the efforts made beyond these words that will bring about actual communication. It is not easy to think critically, as we are all hopelessly, inherently subjective. It is not impossible to do so. I've done my best to say what I'm saying and avoid not saying what I am not saying. How am I doing so far?

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How does critical thinking affect you as a reader and writer?

Critical thinking helps you know what the author is talking about, and it helps you relate to the text. I guess it could even make it more fun to read. It would also help make your writing more accurate, descriptive, and somewhat entertaing.

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How is critical thinking used to solve a situation?

Critical thinking is a process in which a person will use their mind to analyze or study information. The information that is studied will typically be offered as something that is absolute. However, the person that is studying will reason on it in order to determine if they are in agreement with it.

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How is critical thinking beneficial in the decision making process?

It guides one to right chioces.

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What role do ethics play in critical thinking and decision making?

Ethics plays a very important part in the critical thinking process. Ethics is literally morals that you hold to even when no one is watching you. In critical thinking, ethics influences the way you will think on a subject depending on what you believe. In decision-making, your personal ethics may prevent you from making a 'the end justifies the means' type of thing, regardless of having a good alternative.

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How can you explain your critical thinking skills to an interviewer?

Make sure to cover the three elements of the business success and how to address them in your area. The three elements are: 1- People 2- Technology 3- Process

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What is a powerful starting point for critical thinking?

Choose one of the following

a. Creative Thinking

b. doing something one way all the time

c. To fight off tension and discomfort

d. Not saying "I don't know"

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How do you apply critical thinking in conversations?

The best way to apply it in conversations is to remember critical refers to additional questions that would expand or explain features of the subject. If you are listening for speech errors, word misuse and so on, that is going to hinder your ability to exchange information in a question.

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What is the relationship between critical thinking and infer?

critical thinking and infers are bith answers.

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What are some obstacles to effective critical thinking?

We could start with poor reading skills and lack of background information. Some education might induce to bad critical thinking. For example there is a common question in school. Did the man continues evolution or the man completed the evolution? If you try to answer the question with critical thinking, you cannot. If you say the man has or if you say the man hasn't it does not give you a proper chance to think critically if you don't believe in evolution. Questions like this are obstacles on critical thinking. They are made to indoctrinate students since an early age.

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What jobs use critical thinking and creativity?

Event Management plays a great role in critical thinking and creativity is a must in this type of job. be a strategist or be MRA (market research analyst). these type of jobs gets one into more critical thinking. the most important thing a man must possess in this type of job is patience. SO GONNA GIVE IT A TRY!!!!!

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What role does critical thinking play in decision making?

what role did critical thinking play in making that decision

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What does critical mean in critical thinking?

If you are a student, you may have heard this phrase because teachers hope you will learn how to do this when you read assigned material for class. "Critical thinking" refers to the ability to think logically about what you have read (or heard), to analyze an author's central thesis and then decide whether or not you agree with it.

While the word "critical" is very often used to say something negative (He was very critical of that play and told people not to see it), in the phrase "critical thinking," it has a more positive meaning. When you are using critical thinking, you are trying, as objectively as possible, to evaluate whether something is accurate; you are thinking for yourself about it instead of just believing what everyone else says.

In the world today, there are many myths and false statements you can find online or in the media. The person who knows how to do critical thinking knows how to seek out accurate information and not be fooled or manipulated by claims that seem true but are not.

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What is mollification interms of critical thinking errors?

rationalizations and excuses designed for empathy from others

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Which of the everyday problems in critical thinking do you observe most often?

which ofthe everyday problems in critical thinking do you observe most often

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How does illogical thinking interfere with critical thinking?

If by critical thinking you mean rational thinking, then illogical thinking is it's opposite and excludes it of necessity.

If instead you simply mean "thinking that is effective", then illogical thinking interferes only insofar as rational thinking is effective. Our society holds up rational analysis as an ideal, but in some situations intuitive, seemingly illogical thought produces better results.

Critical thinking is sequential. Each stage or step of the thought process must be analyzed and found to be correct before moving on to the next step and the next step. And so on toward a purposeful end. This is a structured process. For example: "If A then B, if B then C, if C then D." If each step is reasoned and correct then also: "if A then D follows." Illogical thinking would interfere with the sequence somewhere, interfering and breaking the chain. For example: "If A then B, if B then K, if C then D." There's no link from B to C, interfering with the sequence.

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How do you gain knowledge?

Here are some good ways to gain knowledge:

  • Be curious - the more you wonder about things, the more you can learn about the world
  • Be appreciative - the more you realize what a wonderful world you live in, the more you want to understand it
  • Be mindful - just paying attention to what's going on around you will give you knowledge
  • Be persistent - sometimes you have to work to learn, especially if you're trying to memorize facts or dates or definitions
  • Be a planner - you can't learn everything at once, so have a plan for how you're going to learn - if you're in school, they already have a plan in place to help you, and all you need to do is keep up with the syllabus and curriculum; if you're not in school, plan where you're going to find knowledge and how much you're going to work every day on learning something new (like learning one new vocabulary word every day, or memorizing the world capitals)
  • Be a seeker - try to find opportunities to learn new things, either by taking formal classes or just by talking to people who are older and wiser than you are, and learning what they have already learned over their lives
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What is the difference between common sense and critical thinking?

Answer 1Well common sense is something that comes to you naturally, its like and instinct, critical thinking is when you take a question or a problem and analize every aspect of it. Answer 2Common sense is dependent of the culture and tradition.

It's not like instinct, and can be highly prejudiced.

Say it's local optimization, and different even within a culture.

Critical Thinking is 'rational optimization' of 'rational' aspects. It provides a 'rational' optimum, for instance not considering most emotional aspects. And often ignoring most cultural differences.

Answer 3Albert Einstein famously said "Common Sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

The purpose of Common Sense is to enable one to function "well" inside the society - that is, its purpose is to provide a framework for making the "proper" decision when faced with a commonly-occurring problem or issue. As pointed out above, Common Sense is thus highly cultural and locale-specific, as the entire purpose of it is to make your immediate life easier inside your community. Thus, it tends to be a collection of "works best" approximations, rather than some logical framework for deduction of truth.

Critical Thinking (or better: Critical Analysis) is a discipline of Logic, wherein a framework of principles has been created to discover the cause, impetus, and possible outcome(s) of a situation. This framework focuses on factual events and uses the theories of logical analysis and deduction to postulate WHY something happened, and WHAT the possible impacts are of different responses to the problem/issue.

Critical Thinking can (and should) consider the emotional and cultural impact of an outcome, but is NOT driven by those considerations, unlike Common Sense, in which those two factors are primary. Additionally, Common Sense generally supports the theory that for every problem, there is a single correct solution. Critical Thinking is not about finding the correct solution, as "correct" is impossible to define logically (in this area). Instead, Critical Thinking is about discovering the actual costs and benefits of various solutions. Critical Thinking does not dictate a choice of solution, but rather is intended to inform choice in as rational manner as possible.

In the end, Common Sense is a "dictator" of action, while Critical Thinking is an "adviser" of action: Common Sense tells you what to do in a situation, while Critical Thinking informs you of the consequences of a range of actions.

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How easy or difficult is it for you to use critical thinking in your classes What can you do to improve your critical thinking skills?

Pick a subject and pretend in your mind to argue both sides of the subject. When you can make a good arguement for either side, you are doing a good job of critical thinking. That doesn't mean you should never form an opinion, it just means that you have made an informed opinion.

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How can you apply critical thinking to fashion?

im no expert but.... you can think of pratical aplacations of the aperal eg: will it work to be using this? think of what uthers will think of, and how it will make people act.

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How can these problems be avoided from an everyday in critical thinking problems?

What're provides with us with recreation

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What is critical thinking in suspended animation?

When one attends a movie sometimes one suspends judgement until the film is over, allowing for artistic license, and so on. I have also heard the phrase use of Suspending credibility, with a similar eye. Do not confuse with science-fiction films dealing with Suspended Animation as a life-support technology, things cool down, don"t they. Test subject was usually female. We can hardly stand the wait, please Francoise Dorleac. Plan aHEAD! ( pun intended).


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