Which Category Would You Fit In?
Someone strongly disposed toward critical thinking would probably agree with statements like the following:
* I hold off making decisions until I have thought through my options.
* Rather than relying on someone else's notes, I prefer to read the material myself.
* I try to see the merit in another's opinion, even if I reject it later.
* Even if a problem is tougher than I expected, I will keep working on it.
* Making intelligent decisions is more important than winning arguments.
A person with weak critical-thinking skills would probably disagree with the statements above but be likely to agree with the following:
* I prefer jobs where the supervisor says exactly what to do and exactly how to do it.
* No matter how complex the problem, you can bet there will be a simple solution.
* I don't waste time looking things up.
* I hate when teachers discuss problems instead of just giving the answers.
* If my belief is truly sincere, evidence to the contrary is irrelevant.
* Selling an idea is like selling cars: You say whatever works.
From "Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts," a 2007 essay by Peter Falcione and published by Insight Assessment.