(I have a bigger thing coming up here, but it’s going to take a while yet, and it’s about time I posted at least something.)
I have written about critical thinking before. Let us recap: The point of critical thinking is to aim at accepting only credible notions, and to this end, one examines each notion in an objective and aware manner before deciding what to think of it. The worst thing to do would be to accept claims only because one wants to, or to look only for evidence supporting one’s claims.
It is not easy to be objective, however, because one’s old beliefs and attitudes affect what seems credible and sensible, and one is often blind towards one’s worst weaknesses. You may have noticed this while debating with people who disagreed with you. Have you ever felt that they can be really blind to their own bias and error? Continue reading