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Critical thinking An introduction
Learning objectives We will be exploring the concept and practice of critical thinking or as I call is Untethered thought
The wasp in the bottle Leave an angry wasp trapped inside a lemonade bottle and it may drown; release it and you are faced with the possibility that it may sting you. This is an unlikely scenario to consider is you are on the verge of undertaking a programme of academic writing but one which you would do best to consider. Leave the wasp in a bottle even left with a small trace of lemonade and it will more than likely drown; a futile and pointless death. There are those who hold to the popular assumption that wasps have no function beyond simply being irritating. Of course this is not true as they predate insects that many would consider to be pests. If you fear being stung on releasing the wasp then the fear is simply just that and not an opinion based on evidence or experience but one based on fear which is founded on presumption. If you fear being stung then the wasp will die. If you analyse the situation objectively then you would release the wasp and come to no harm.
How do we begin to think in a critical manner? Every thought it tethered to a concept!
Untethering thought Every though is tethered to a concept which is unavoidable as this is an inherent trait and without this it would be not be possible to gain understanding. However, some tethered thoughts are unhelpful.
Joe & football Joe does not enjoy watching football At school he avoided playing football as he was unable to kick a ball accurately Discuss
What does this entail? Start with a clean slate Abandon barriers to thinking Anything is possible See the world through uncluttered eyes There are no definitive answers How realistic is this?
Get into groups You have 10 minutes to analyse the object List its defining features Ask some very basic what, why and how questions At this point it is important to avoid reaching a definitive conclusions Familiar objects
Why is critical thought important?
Your view of the world What defines you? Write a brief outline of your core beliefs and values
How does the mirror work? What did you think to the process? Is the exercise valid?
Un Chien Andalou Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí There are some violent, disturbing and sexual images