50 thoughts on “Critical Thinking #1: What is Critical Thinking?”

  1. Please tell me this is fucking IRONY. You have zero critical thinking skills but did a series on critical thinking?

  2. Crazy televangelist Joyce Meyer said, "Satan loves reason. Satan loves logic." So Satan must love critical thinking.

  3. Yes mr Pakman…you say critical thinking…yet you show know abillity to put your money where your mouth is with your one sided reporting…i am sorry a part of critical thinking is taking issues and pursue multiple viewpoints…it is obvious by watching most of your videos online that you have made up your mind and are not capable of pursuing other viewpoints…If you truly preach critical thinking there should be no bias to one side or the other..

  4. Critical thinking is one of the major classes you learn in woman studies degrees, they seem to think very critically, about 100k student loans worth of critical thinking for that degree.

  5. they do teach this still its usually in math and science but since the red states are taking away science and teaching creationism that is where things start to fall flat

    thx for this ha bisky vid and even with creationism still being taught students still protest it with great questions and dont take it at face value

  6. David how do you say our democracy , that word is not in the Constitution, can you please explain to me ? I was never taught of this democracy in school when was it formed and by what law?

  7. david. is there a way for me to save these segments (on a flash drive). I would like to be able to reference them in the future

  8. David, have you read the book, "Thinking Fast and Slow"? This discusses fallacies that newer science has found that differ from what many of us think about "thinking". It is not on classic "logic" as your series is.
    For example: Why are longterm government projects usually underfunded. clue: it isn't just bad motive. Instead, it is the naturally over-optimistic thinking that happens during planning. This idealism leads to discounting "worst case" scenarios, or not even thinking about them at all.

    Thinking, Fast and Slow Paperback – October 25, 2011
    by Daniel Kahneman

  9. The term critical thinking is derived from the Greek word critique, which means doubt, critical thinking begins with doubt. Critical thinking is taking the approach of doubt to anything you're told, then working to eliminate those doubts.

  10. I'm not sure I want to learn about critical thinking from a man who has a video on youtube entitled "Jesus Was Probably Gay."

  11. The vast majority of Europeans think like this automatically, its part of their environment, upbringing and education. Even when they don't agree with each other they can generally see the other persons point of view. In the US the vast majority are uneducated and seem to have utterly bizarre ideas about their own views and beliefs none of which stand up to any form of logic.

  12. Thank you for creating this mini-series. Critical thinking used to be taught in schools but has been suppressed over the last several decades. You are performing an important public service! πŸ™‚

  13. I’ve never understood why these things needed to be taught. As in I think they should be common knowledge at this point. But then again, so many people are incapable of it.

  14. HAHAHA if you listen to a Jew tell you how to think you're always screwed. I tried listening to Sam Harris once it was having someone insult my intelligence for 5 minutes then I shut it off. I mean if a lie is 90% truth it's still just a very good lie.

  15. Your mini-series on critical thinking will be extremely valuable to the Trumpanzees who watch your videos. When PT Barnum stated that there's a sucker born every minute, he knew that there were about 30% of the population who would either drop out of school or be subjected to home schooling by fundamentalist Christians and who would never learn critical thinking skills.

  16. I teach critical thinking, and one of the skills I really work on helping my students develop is the ability to reconstruct the arguments they're evaluating in a standardized "premise 1, premise 2, …. conclusion" form. This makes it much easier to check (1) Whether the premises, if true, really would support the conclusion, and (2) Whether any of the premises, and which ones, are open to challenge. It also helps prevent two debating parties from talking past or strawmanning each other if they can agree on a common argument construction.

  17. Critical thinking……… you don't need a AR15 to go squirrel hunting when a .22 works just as well.

  18. It seems a bit self-defeating to have David running a mini-series like this. If you engage in critical thinking, you cannot possibly be on the Left.

  19. I'm looking forward to this. Seems well-structured and thorough at first glance. As someone who's been through a few different types of formal systems I'm curious about that part (logic), but I guess I can't expect a series on critical thinking to get bogged down by extensions from the Hilbert system into the natural deduction system and a whole host of details surrounding how you define those systems inductively (with discrete mathematics being a crucial part of that description), etc, etc.

  20. Great idea for a miniseries, guys; keep it up. I've had the show on my radar for a number of years and it's really good to see it develop and continue to maintain a certain quality of reporting and analysis.

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