Alexander Torres – Conversation 1


Critical thinking is best described as the ability to thoroughly examine and analyze situations to devise effective solutions. This can be observed in our daily lives, from problem-solving to self-evaluation. The first speaker, Gary Meegan, characterizes critical thinking as "the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it." He emphasizes that critical thinking, much like art, requires time and practice for improvement. Meegan notes the importance of recognizing what we think, as it's fundamental to thinking critically, which involves analyzing the situation before assessing it. Critical thinking also entails assessing the quality and significance of a situation. Meegan goes on to mention the significance of thinking critically as it allows us to improve not only ourselves but also the people around us. Jesse Richardson, the second speaker, offers a distinct perspective, defining critical thinking as the rigorous questioning of ideas to form coherent thoughts and arguments. Richardson's goal is to nurture critical thinking in children, igniting curiosity and fostering independent learning by challenging the traditional education model that emphasizes what students should learn over how they should learn. Both Meegan and Richardson stress the importance of critical thinking in personal growth, helping others, and truly comprehending knowledge, a viewpoint I share as I, too, was never taught critical thinking in school, often resorting to memorization without a deep understanding of the material.

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