Essay On Fairness In Critical Thinking

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There are probably as many definitions of critical thinking as there are critical thinkers. One of the requirements for effective critical thinking is the ability to develop useful and practical definitions of key concepts, in light of the perspectives of others and one’s own intellectual experiences. For our purposes here, let’s consider critical thinking to be the intellectual process of defining clear and manageable problems; acquiring unbiased, reliable, and valid information bearing on the problems; manipulating that information in creative and appropriate ways in order to develop new and different perspectives on the situation; and developing reasonable and practical action plans based on these analyses. Underlying all these activities…show more content…
Again, this does not mean that all points of view are necessarily equally valid, and it’s quite legitimate to dispute either perspective or information as long as the grounds for that dispute are based in respect and trust. Fairness in critical thinking may on occasion require setting aside one’s own advantages or interests or at least placing them on a par with those of others.  Integrity: consistency to one’s own reasoned-out values and principles, even when their application may be inconvenient or lead to conclusions that one might not find wholly acceptable. You must be able to apply the same standards to your own information and thought processes that you apply to those of others, and you must be consistent in applying the same standards in similar…show more content…
Reading the comments section of any even mildly controversial presentation online provides clear evidence of the shortage of real dialogue and critical thinking in this environment. This does not mean that online engagement precludes critical thinking; simply that is more difficult to achieve because there are fewer mechanisms for rules setting and discussion of process as supposed to
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