Response DQs CRT 205 Week 2
Yes, critical thinking can help us write more effectively and logically. But how exactly is this accomplished? What is the mental process we would use? By mental process I mean what goes on a person’s head to write in a logical way?
So as to write in a logical manner, an author should employ critical reasoning. Such a thinking style enables the writer to organize their thoughts in a coherent manner at the very beginning. Coherence dictates that the author should align the product of their authorship with the aforementioned logical thoughts. Consequently, the written work that the writer ultimately produces should have constituent parts that gracefully blend into each other. To illustrate, the work should have a number of significant and distinct parts. Such components include a clear introduction, a gracefully introduced and developed body part, as well as a recapping conclusion. To explain further, the introduction lays the foundation of the work, informing readers of the author’s standpoint, agenda, and main points.
After announcing the agenda, theme, as well as the point of view that the writer espouses, the writer utilizes the main body of the written work to expound on their aforementioned aspects. Readers are thus made to logically follow the writer through their written work. Having explained the work via the main body, the writer then progresses to the concluding part. Within this section, the writer may point to the wider ramifications of the discussed topic, illustrate the need for further research, or even recap the key points. Having adhered by such a strategy, an author can be said to have conducted logical writing.
The ability to question one’s own beliefs and assumptions are some of the key aspects of critical thinking. How many people are able to do this do you think? Is a suicide bomber a critical thinker?
Despite the undisputed fact that critical thinking is a necessary constituent of all actions, a small proportion of people really employ this time-tested strategy in their acts. Such an inclination to evade critical thinking makes many persons to avoid the beneficial act of interrogating their assumptions and beliefs. Consequently, a great number of people resort to activities, approaches, and strategies that appear acceptable to society as opposed to allowing their critical thinking abilities to determine their behavior.
In view of the foregoing discussion, suicide bombers cannot be regarded as critical thinkers based on the somewhat baseless actions they execute. Had they employed critical thinking, suicide bombers would have analyzed some of the key assumptions and beliefs that underlie their actions. For example, the belief that bombers would have a blissful afterlife whereby they will be rewarded by God with virgins for wives is a key assumption that propels suicide bombers to execute their bloody acts. An application of critical thinking skills would however show that such a belief is entirely founded on myth and superstition and that it is completely unverifiable. Despite this revelation, suicide bombers go on in carrying out their acts. This situation shows that suicide bombers are not critical thinkers.
What questions might we ask ourselves before having another person proof-read our email? Is this a critical thinking process?
Prior to allowing another person to go over any email messages that we author, we should contemplate a number of things. For example, we ought to think about the relative sensitivity of the email message. This reasoning should inform us of whether to permit the third party to gain access to the message’s contents. Further, we should consider whether or not the third party that we involve is reliable and trustworthy enough to keep the contents of the email message confidential. A consideration should also be made of the expected duration of time which will elapse before the third party ceases to be our confidant. The answer to these queries will enable us to decide on whether or not to disclose the email contents to the third party based on the associated risks. Analyzing the preceding discourse thus illustrates that the act of permitting third parties to read our email messages is not a product of critical thinking. This is because doing so involves great risks both in the present time as well as far into the future.
We all are driven by our egos to varying degrees. Our ego is a protection mechanism for our emotions. Most of our ego beliefs were instilled in childhood. Does it take critical thinking to see if those beliefs still serve us?
Yes. So as to evaluate the relative importance and relevance of our present beliefs, a great deal of critical thinking is required. This is because most of the beliefs that we hold are very subjective. Failure to employ critical thinking would thus hinder us from transcending the subjectivity that surrounds our convictions. We will thus be unable to impartially analyze our principles. In addition, the very thought of entertaining the idea of evaluating ourselves with regard to existing belief systems calls for critical thinking. Without such thinking, we would be in a relative comfort zone that would lie to us that all is well as that there is no need for self-appraisal. Critical thinking is thus required to enable us to get out of these comfort zones and dare to venture out in the ‘cold’ to explore the unknown based on the ‘known’.