If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I usually have a theme of the year that I discuss in some of my blog posts. I’ve spent some time lately thinking about what I want to explore in 2018. There’s certainly a lot going on out there, and several worthy ideas to pursue. Right now, I’m curious about critical thinking, how we learn to use it and how we find the truth when it’s not obvious. It keeps popping up in my writing, and in conversations with others. My husband came up with “fake fake news,” and while that’s good, it may sound kind of flippant in some situations. So I am using “Let’s think about….” or #Let’sThinkAbout for a theme title this year.
Depending on the post, we might think about critical thinking itself. Or we could discuss a resource to help us with our critical thinking. Or we might find an example of something that we can examine with critical thinking to arrive at a conclusion. Or I might find other related ideas—we’ll see where this goes over the course of the year. I’m hoping we’ll find interesting ways to think about this concept and play with it a bit.
To start us out, let’s consider critical thinking. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines it as “the process of thinking carefully about a subject or idea, without allowing feelings or opinions to affect you.” Oxford Living Dictionaries defines it as “The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.” I notice both imply some sifting through information in an objective way to arrive at a conclusion. So I would expect we would need to gather information from more than one source, and try to look at things without letting our fears or other feelings get in the way. We’ll start with that, and use our critical thinking skills as we go forward into 2018. Let’s think about it! 🙂