Amy Cortes: Conversation 1


Critical Thinking is a thought process in which you analyze and react to a certain situation accordingly. Superficial thinking is not enough to think critically. Asking questions, raising even more questions, coming up with theories, and coming up with solutions can be part of thinking critically. Being open minded and having the capacity to be open to other people's ideas and interpretations is required. Surprisingly, we all do these things, both consciously and subconsciously. For example, say you just finished a season of your favorite show and it ended on a cliffhanger. Naturally, you start coming up with theories of what might happen next season. Using all the background knowledge about the characters and their relationships, troubles, and all those important factors that are important to the show can contribute to your theory. This is the same as analyzing any other situation or discussion. Using background knowledge and expanding on it is also very crucial to thinking critically. During a discussion with another person, these things are important to remember because they help the person understand what your points are and how they can expand on it. Agreeing or disagreeing with whatever the person is saying and giving them a rundown of why you think this way is a very good way to open a discussion but there are some things that can prevent us from thinking critically, which is being biased. It is very hard putting personal opinions to the side but I find it important to be able to do so. That way, the other persons comments and opinions won't stop you from making you understand what they're trying to say.

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