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Teaching critical thinking?

Have you ever had a class (or similar structured educational experience) that actually taught you to be better at logic and critical thinking? If so, how'd it do that? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body...

Should I put more effort into reading books? Is not reading books detrimental to my critical thinking skills? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Apr 17, 2014 - 21 answers

Whose salary depends on him/her not understanding something?

Can anyone point me to a video demonstrating the Upton Sinclair quote, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it"--but in a non-political context? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Feb 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Find a puzzle book?

I recall really enjoying the book Maze by Christopher Manson when I was young. Are there any books that offer something similar in that they are slightly narrative but built with a critical thinking and/or puzzle goal in mind?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Short funny stuff.

I need some great short texts (video clips, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, pictures) that are funny. Ideally, I want a range of humour here: from Jackass to Shakespeare, from xkcd to Twain...pretty much anything someone finds funny at any level. Should be appropriate for mature 17-18 year olds. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 21, 2012 - 23 answers

Critical Need

My critical reasoning skills are inadequate. Two examples within, as well as a request for books, websites, activities, or routine patterns of thought to help me develop these reasoning abilities. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Jul 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Does western culture really value critical thinking more than other cultures?

Is there any acedemic research on the importance diferent cultures/educational systems place on critical thinking skills? [more inside]
posted by empty vessel on Dec 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Type-B on Sunday, and Type-A on Monday?

My job is turning me into a control freak outside of work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Objecting to Objectivism

Please help me respectfully engage with a young relative who has declared a passion for Ayn Rand (we're getting together tomorrow for a friendly conversation on the issue). [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Aug 5, 2010 - 48 answers

I can't think straight when I'm not alone!

I can't think and problem-solve when talking to people. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Apr 23, 2010 - 20 answers

Philosophy and critical thinking for younger kids

What are some good ideas (web resources, books, suggestions, etc) for introducing a 6 to 7 year old child to elements of philosophy, paradoxes, and critical thinking? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Nov 11, 2009 - 24 answers

Critical Thinker

What are some tools and techniques I can use to become a better critical thinker? I asked my friend the other day what he got out of his tier-1 education and he said it taught him how to 'think through problems'. What exactly did his professors teach him about critical thinking? If I memorize the logical fallacies or make a pro's and con's list will I be a better thinker? Is 'going with your gut' an approved tactic in this pursuit? What things do you do to think through a problem and come up with rock solid plans, decisions, and recommendations?
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Be Critical

I want to start thinking critically about art, especially modern/contemporary art, so what should I read? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Sep 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking for a video series. Narrator was male with British accent. All illustrated. Each about 5 to 8 minutes long.

Looking for a video series. Narrator was male with British accent. All illustrated. Each about 5 to 8 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by querty on Jul 6, 2009 - 3 answers

So as to resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery...

BookFilter: Looking for an engaging introduction to critical thinking. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Jun 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Please help me research human "parity errors".

Can anyone point me to literature about conceptual "sign flipping" or "parity errors" and confusion of opposites in humans? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Apr 4, 2009 - 30 answers

I'd like to buy a book for my girlfriend to help her structure her ideas in academic writing.

I'd like to buy a book for my girlfriend to help her structure her ideas in academic writing. My girlfriend is a graduate student in the humanities. She is clever, erudite and rigorous, but her ability to build an argument is poor. She finds it particularly difficult to unpack a complex concept and present its constitutive parts in a logical sequence. The book I'd like to buy helps writers with these specific problems, ideally (but not necessarily) within the context of research in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by limon on Mar 19, 2009 - 25 answers

How do I convince someone that (S)cience is real?

How do I convince someone Science is real? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Jul 15, 2008 - 69 answers

Help me help you help me.. help.

Often I find myself thinking "yes, that's exactly what I was trying to say", or "that certainly didn't come across as clearly as I wanted", and even "how do I put what I'm feeling/needing into words?" Is this a disconnect between my (sometimes very scattered) thoughts and my verbal skills? [more inside]
posted by self on Jun 10, 2008 - 20 answers

Does the study of math sharpen critical thinking skills?

If a man’s wit be wandering, let him post a question about mathematics and reasoning to MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 25, 2007 - 20 answers

Critical Thinking for the Uncritical Thinker

Critical Thinking Skills - Apparently, I don't have any. What exactly entails "having" this skill and is it something I can develop? [more inside]
posted by zippity on Sep 22, 2007 - 43 answers

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to kids and young adults

I'm looking for educational programs/curricula/methodologies that focus on teaching critical thinking skills in elementary school and high school, know any? Also are there any educational charities that focus specifically on improving critical and scientific thinking in children and young adults?
posted by storybored on Jun 12, 2007 - 8 answers

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