Lesson 2: Advanced Techniques in Critical Thinking Skills

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Thinking Skills

Objective:

The objective of this lesson is to equip learners with advanced critical thinking skills that enable them to analyze complex problems, make well-reasoned decisions, and apply nuanced thought processes in personal and professional contexts. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to dissect arguments, identify biases, construct strong reasoning, and evaluate evidence at a sophisticated level.

Comprehensive Content Overview:

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Critical thinking comprises a variety of skills and dispositions that enable one to approach problems methodically and analytically. This session will explore:

  • Identifying and Evaluating Arguments.
  • Recognizing and Overcoming Cognitive Biases.
  • Logical Reasoning and Fallacies.
  • Applying Critical Thinking in Decision Making.
  • Evidence Evaluation and Analysis.

Each subtopic will be accompanied by practical examples and exercises.

In-depth Explanations with Actionable Insights:

Identifying and Evaluating Arguments: Critical thinkers dissect arguments into premises and conclusions, evaluating each component’s validity and soundness. For example, consider the argument: “If it rains, the ground will be wet. The ground is not wet. Therefore, it did not rain.”

Premise If it rains, the ground will be wet. Counter-premise The ground is not wet. Conclusion Therefore, it did not rain.

This is a valid example of Modus Tollens in deductive reasoning.

Recognizing and Overcoming Cognitive Biases: Understanding biases such as confirmation bias or the Dunning-Kruger effect can critically influence one’s analysis. For instance, in confirmation bias, an individual might cherry-pick data supporting their preconceived ...

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