Information is everywhere. We can get it from the internet, from books, newspapers, from the television and from conversations with others. But in this vast library of information, only a fraction is useful – much of it is false, biased, or deliberately misleading.
That’s where critical thinking comes in, allowing us to deconstruct a situation, reveal its hidden flaws, and make a useful decision.
A good critical thinker is sure of their own opinion, but willing to change it if they learn new, accurate information. They are interested in the facts. They listen carefully to others’ opinions, even if they disagree. Some more tips are:
Read: Gather facts and information, an expose yourself to a wide range of points of view.
Make decisions slowly: Don’t jump to conclusions as soon as you see a headline.
Ask critical questions: For example, “Can I trust this information?” or “What is this article trying to say?”
Critical thinking is more important than ever in a time when fake news spreads faster and deeper than the truth. It can help us find useful, truthful material in a sea of information. Ultimately, it helps us answer the big questions about life with more confidence.
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In this helpful video, TedEd shares five tips for becoming a more critical thinker.
- Practice your logical thinking skills by seeing if you can solve this zombie riddle.
- Create a poster which gives advice to others about how to spot fake news using critical thinking.