5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos

5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos

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Every day, a sea of decisions
stretches before us. Some are small and unimportant, but others have a larger impact
on our lives. For example, which politician
should I vote for? Should I try the latest diet craze? Or will email make me a millionaire? We’re bombarded with so many decisions that it’s impossible to make
a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways
to improve our chances, and one particularly effective technique
is critical thinking. This is a way of approaching a question that allows us to carefully
deconstruct a situation, reveal its hidden issues,
such as bias and manipulation, and make the best decision. If the critical part sounds negative
that’s because in a way it is. Rather than choosing an answer
because it feels right, a person who uses critical thinking subjects all available options to scrutiny
and skepticism. Using the tools at their disposal, they’ll eliminate everything but the most
useful and reliable information. There are many different ways
of approaching critical thinking, but here’s one five-step process that may help you solve
any number of problems. One: formulate your question. In other words,
know what you’re looking for. This isn’t always as straightforward
as it sounds. For example, if you’re deciding
whether to try out the newest diet craze, your reasons for doing so may be obscured
by other factors, like claims that you’ll see results
in just two weeks. But if you approach the situation with a clear view of what you’re
actually trying to accomplish by dieting, whether that’s weight loss, better nutrition, or having more energy, that’ll equip you to sift through
this information critically, find what you’re looking for, and decide whether the new fad
really suits your needs. Two: gather your information. There’s lots of it out there, so having a clear idea of your question
will help you determine what’s relevant. If you’re trying to decide on a diet
to improve your nutrition, you may ask an expert for their advice, or seek other people’s testimonies. Information gathering helps you
weigh different options, moving you closer to a decision
that meets your goal. Three: apply the information, something you do
by asking critical questions. Facing a decision, ask yourself,
“What concepts are at work?” “What assumptions exist?” “Is my interpretation of the information
logically sound?” For example, in an email that promises
you millions, you should consider, “What is shaping
my approach to this situation?” “Do I assume the sender
is telling the truth?” “Based on the evidence, is it logical
to assume I’ll win any money?” Four: consider the implications. Imagine it’s election time, and you’ve selected a political
candidate based on their promise to make it cheaper for drivers
to fill up on gas. At first glance, that seems great. But what about the long-term
environmental effects? If gasoline use is less
restricted by cost, this could also cause a huge
surge in air pollution, an unintended consequence
that’s important to think about. Five: explore other points of view. Ask yourself why so many people are drawn to the policies of
the opposing political candidate. Even if you disagree with
everything that candidate says, exploring the full spectrum of viewpoints might explain why some policies that don’t
seem valid to you appeal to others. This will allow you
to explore alternatives, evaluate your own choices, and ultimately help you make more
informed decisions. This five-step process is just one tool, and it certainly won’t eradicate difficult
decisions from our lives. But it can help us increase
the number of positive choices we make. Critical thinking can give us the tools
to sift through a sea of information and find what we’re looking for. And if enough of us use it, it has the power to make the world
a more reasonable place.

100 thoughts on “5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos”

  1. This is literally just the scientific method, which I guess makes sense because thinking critically to determine truth is science in its purest form.

  2. i just got only one rule, figure it out the weakness and Attack it…..
    fix the weakness you fix everything.

  3. Noooo! No, no, no! Don't seek other people's advice unless you want to undo all that critical thinking. Who is to say that the people you ask aren't just sheep in humans' clothing?

  4. The only problem we all have is self-discipline. Most of the times we know we should not eat pizza while dieting, work instead of watching videos, etc we just don't want to do it and we don't, and then think "why I made wrong decision?" Unconsciously we all know the right answers, just don't accept them

  5. My CT has led me to one possible outcome that has never been violated.
    Critical thinking is not a skill that can be taught.
    Please prove me wrong

  6. So I understand that critical thinking is a way to approach us to an answer avoiding the feelings and emotional perspectives, and getting more focus on the relevant information, discarding all the possible bias and manipulation that can be involved in one or other decision, am I right?

  7. My younger Sister Monica, told me to always think it 3 times before doing action on it. And she taught that i always have a choice. She said any problems are because of my bad choices. My sister would also say " If it makes you feel bad or guilty, then maybe for sure its wrong. I want to thank God everything and for lending me the Holy Ghost to make me feel convicted when i have down something wrong.

  8. Make clear ur question and BASIC NEED
    Have a good need or reason
    think many times
    Gather more related information( netsource or respected related person)
    think with ur information
    Follow ur heart
    Decide doing after meditation
    and never regret for or about ur choice( just leave it and think Y V don't chose anotgr option)

  9. I'm not sure that interpretation of information can be logically sound. That tends to refer to arguments and logical systems

  10. This is the stuff our schols should teach. Its important that we have classes about History, Geography, etc. But its also important that the kids learn soft skills and things that will help further on their life. For example: Reading Faster, critical thinking, creativitie, teamwork, learn how to learn, citizen participation… Our Schools need to have a reformulation for what really matters

  11. Don’t be afraid to look into the abyss.

    Try to queston everything, try to do this pentagon with everything, no matter how obvious or unquestionable ot seems.

    Question especially the things that are societal norms, because those are the ones who often are ignored.
    If something is okay you will know why and if something is off you will know.

  12. Limitations of Critical Thinking (CT)

    • CT is impotent against collective self-deception.

    • CT won't make you more educated, experienced, fearless.

    • CT is a double-edged sword, which may cause its user more harm, than benefit.

  13. U can also use this steps if u hav an investigatory project… Math problem… History report and MANY MORE

  14. Great tips and self questions that will change my life for the better. THANKS!
    The chosen scenerios are a bit suggestive.

  15. 5 tips to improve your critical thinking

    1. formulate your question

    2. gather your information

    3. apply the information

    4. consider the implications

    5. explore other points of view
    สำรวจมุมมองอื่น ๆ

  16. NEVER believe a politician, they'll promise anything and then once in, do nothing and get paid for it. How do you tell when a politician is lying, their mouth is moving. Politicians have less power than ppl think today, often they're the public arm of large corporations that pay them $$$$ to serve corp interests, not public. Many lobbyists have a 1000 times more power than politicians. Most of the powerful ppl are ones you'll never hear of but they already control the public.

  17. I feel like its useful to be able to view the situation with an unbiased look, to be able to kind of distance yourself from your emotions and make a rational decision

  18. Gooosh I'm a 15 yo girl who likes feels and tragedy and cheesy stuff.
    I hate how I can't make critical decisions!
    I read one thing on a topic, then another – and both seem right! Before I understand, I've mindlessly given a like to both of them. Like… I try to keep myself as open for change as possible, but this has bad sides too – I consider myself intelligent, but an average cunning person could manipulate me very easily.

  19. the thing is, we students need to implement the use of our "critical thinking" in an academic environment, where we don't have time for all these steps 🤣

  20. The title of this video is false. It is not "How to develop critical thinking" but "how to act and succeed in things with critical thinking!" It's just how to use or the application of critical thinking.

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  22. Everything in this video is rendered useless if we accept the notion that….

    Free will is an illusion.

    Like this comment if you believe you have free will. Those that believe in determinism need not bother.


  23. Has anyone tried Rotogenflux Methods? (search on google) We've heard numerous amazing things about this intelligence boost program.

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