Topic 3 The Specifics of Critical Thinking

Critical thinking can be seen as having two components:

  1. a set of information and belief generating and processing skills;
  2. the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior.

It is thus to be contrasted with:

  1. the mere acquisition and retention of information alone, because it involves a particular way in which information is sought and treated;
  2. the mere possession of a set of skills, because it involves the continual use of them; and 3) the mere use of those skills (‘as an exercise’) without acceptance of their results.

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