"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
Critical thinking is much more than learning how to wield
the tools of logic. It is much more than crushing your opponent.
It is much more than defending your views. In fact, if you
limit your critical thinking to those things, then you aren't
a critical thinker at all.
We exist in a world of quick communication. Those who wish
to persuade us must compete with all the others for our attention.
Ours is a world of 30 second sound bites, snappy commercials,
and countless slogans. Many of us have no idea just how difficult
it can be to arrive at proper conclusions. The persuaders
want us to think that it's easy - all we need to do is feel
good about the message. If we feel good about the message,
then the message must be true, right? Wrong.