YOU and using YOUR critical thinking skills forever
I have some quotes for YOU from some people who are
researchers and authors:
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
“Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, a how to disagree with you.”
“Now, 75 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.”
Richard W. Paul
“Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you are thinking in order to make your thinking better.”
“Freedom of speech is unnecessary if the people to whom it is granted to not think for themselves.”
The following is a list of some of the critical think skills YOU should keep up as you age:
Motivated to learn
Understand why we feel the way we do
Draw conclusions on the basis of the best available evidence
I have not had TV for over 15 years now but I am going to list a few items that you can do on your own to keep your skills in the high-range with the TV:
Pick any news show and then use the following questions:
Is it a good idea or a bad idea?
Is this belief defensible or indefensible?
Is my position on this issue reasonable and rational or not?
Am I willing to deal with complexity or do I retreat into simple stereotypes to avoid it?
Do I think deeply or only on the surface of things?
Do I know how to questions my ideas a to test them?
I read a lot, write a lot, research a lot, and so I use my critical thinking skills on a daily basis but if I were retired I hope I would still but if you are retired figure out some way to use your critical thinking skills and have JOY in what you do:
Work crossword puzzles
Work a regular puzzle
Build a birdhouse for your grandchild
Knit a scarf for a friend
Volunteering is really good but it is best to put limits
Below is listed by Forbes about critical thinking:
So weave these into your daily life:
Complex problem solving
Judgment and decision making
Computers and electronics
Challenge YOU – everyday Challenge YOU
Have a mission every day
JOY and Peace every day