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How to think?


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Damian

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What skills need to be mastered in order to become a good thinker and how to test wether we've mastered them?

 

The basic skills that I think are required to be a thinker are adherence to facts, logic and ability to recognize sophistry on the spot; though I don't now how to train them and test wether I mastered them. What do you think?

 


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shirgall

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What skills need to be mastered in order to become a good thinker and how to test wether we've mastered them?

 

The basic skills that I think are required to be a thinker are adherence to facts, logic and ability to recognize sophistry on the spot; though I don't now how to train them and test wether I mastered them. What do you think?

 

I find this essay to be pretty comprehensive: https://www.critical...al-thinking/766

 

Like writing, the way to get better is to practice it. Identify arguments. Make arguments. Find debatable topics, and build arguments for multiple potential positions around that topic.


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Will Torbald

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I think emotional awareness is very important. Often people assume being a rational thinker necessitates supresing your emotions (Plato recommended this, if I remember) but that's not a good idea. Usually our subconscious has already realized what's wrong with an argument before it can explain it with words. That uncomfortable feeling would then be supressed instead of exploring it and finding why it was wrong, but now explicitely.
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RichardY

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Well if the opposite of thinking could be considered PANIC!!!! The thought of discipline comes to mind. So various "disciplines" generally follow.

 

Probably one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. (Can anyone else think of others?) Be very careful though with the answer you give yourself. Also don't Focus on too many disciplines, IMHO no more than 3, "maybe" 5 and be specific. i.e if I am going to be disciplined in Mathematics do I want Calculus or just be quick at Arithmetic, if so Darts maybe better. 

 

The environment is pretty essential, if the Titanic is going down and some people are still listening to the Violinists, drinking brandy or contemplating their probable imminent demise. I don't know what proportion of Brain activity is geared towards the more primitive survival, tribal side but I think its most of it, hence why emotion  is probably the most important consideration.

 

“You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one master and love the other. Or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.”

 

Maybe there's a Jedi Master out there somewhere so you can test yourself or when you can walk the rice paper without leaving a trace....


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