Does it all fit together? noun for ‘logical’ = logic
To think logically is to use facts to come to well founded solutions. When we think, we bring a variety of thoughts together into some order. When a combination of thoughts make sense, the thinking is "logical.”
What’s the logical answer? A woman calls her dog to come in for dinner every night at 5pm. It doesn’t matter if she calls him: Buster, Custard, Mister, Sister, Woofie or Mr Dog. He comes quickly and wags his tail happily.
What’s the logical answer? “The dog knows that he always eats dinner at around 5pm and he will come no matter what she says.” “The dog really likes different names and he only comes if the names are different each day”
Another example, Miss Teen South Carolina was asked why 1/5 of Americans can’t locate the USA on a world map. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww
What illogical statements did she make? She was also not on topic. What information was not relevant? Did she answer the question? Why might she have answered this way?
Do I have a personal interest in this issue? Am I fairly representing the viewpoints of others? noun for ‘fair’ = fairness
What does mean to be fair? See what happens when scientists pay one monkey cucumber, instead of grapes, for doing the same job (giving a rock to the scientist). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KSryJXDpZo
It is not always easy to consider the rights and needs of others as important as our own rights and needs. People can often be selfish.
In the USA, politicians have the job of voting to raise their own salaries or keep the salaries the same. What’s the problem?
We must actively work to make sure we are applying the standard of fairness to our thinking.
So to sum up, try to be… A good critical thinker should be accuratereasonablefairrelevantlogicalclear