Critical Thoughts: The 3 Most Important Words in Critical Thinking



you you want to know something really liberating about critical thinking it allows you to drop all your pretenses as a critical thinker there's a recognition that there are no more powerful words in the English language than I don't know it's pretty awesome actually admitting you don't know shouldn't be viewed as an admission of weakness or insecurity it's the only place where real learning and growth begin did you ever wonder what it is about being a child that makes life so much fun what is it that kids have that we lose as we grow up it's their sense of wonder and delight at discovering things they know they don't know and they can't wait to find out they pester everyone with questions because they want to know everything unfortunately as we get older that sense of wonder pretty much gets beaten out of us socially we're taught by our peers almost as soon as we start making friends that ignorant is not bliss the name-calling the ridicule and being laughed at soon convinced us that it's better to just make things up instead of admitting that we don't know we get into this habit and pretty soon can even convince ourselves that we're experts in areas we know almost nothing about we walk around wearing this pretense of knowledge like body armor but really it's as thin as tissue paper because we know anyone anywhere could find out what a fraud we are at any moment do you like living like that because I don't and here's the thing there's nothing wrong with not knowing the truth is that saying I don't know is not any indication that you're a moron or lacking in any kind of intelligence it just means you never learned or can't remember something we are born not knowing and it's the quest for knowledge and experience that keeps life fresh and keeps us alive some of the most miserable hateful and spiteful people I've ever known have been the ones who thought they knew exactly what was going on and didn't have anything more to learn don't try to tell them anything they've got it all figured out those aren't the people who are changing the world for the better they aren't even trying it's those who want to learn who want to discover and want to grow those are the people upon whom we all depend to make the next big discoveries and take the next leap forward they are the scientists the inventors the philosophers and the leaders who can take our species to the next level in our evolution we all have it in us to learn and grow it starts with an honest appraisal of what we do know what we are certain of and being strong enough to admit that we have some more learning to do I love critical thinking for teaching me this I can't wait to learn more thank you for watching you

20 thoughts on “Critical Thoughts: The 3 Most Important Words in Critical Thinking”

  1. Who was the one person who gave this video a thumbs down? What? Keeping a sense of wonder and always being open to saying 'I don't know' so you can grow as a person through knowledge? That gets a, "Booooo! Terrible video!"

  2. There are many things that "I don't know", but one thing I'm sure of is that I believe you and trust you. Watch YouTube videos about stopping cos whenever I can. Hoping to find out about protests in the future. Thanks Chris for keeping people informed

  3. I absolutely love your outlook.Thank you so much for sharing. Critical thinking is awesome and I can’t wait to keep learning more 🙂

  4. Whenever I'm put in the position to train anybody, the first thing I tell them is "when you're born, the only thing you know how to do is scream, shit, and sleep. Everything else has to be learned, so don't feel bad for not knowing something. If I have to tell you something twice, write it down." Not sure why I included that last part, but I'm sure you get the idea…

  5. there are some exceptions though like when your watching a show and the other person is doing something else and then all a sudden they want you to tell them everything about the show because they don't know what is going on because they should have been watching from the beginning (husband playing Scrabble)

  6. What a lovely statement, one that defines self-honesty. The converse of "I don't know" and "I have more to learn" is "I am willing to lie to myself."

  7. Great stuff Chris! I'm amazed how quickly you have recovered your thinking skills.
    Your honesty and your willingness to share your experiences is very helpful and interesting.
     I was thinking how Critical thinking should be taught to High School kids, and then right after your video, another popped up, playing automatically "Making Critical Thinking Illegal: Questioning the Holocaust" I watched about half hour of it, it wasn't using critical thinking but claimed to be. Much work to be done still!  
    I'm so glad you saw Carl Sagan's Baloney detection kit, so early on. He was a great thinker and a generous man. 
     Keep up the good work Chris!

  8. I'm liking the beard.  I also like the lightbulb intro.  And this was a great video.  It's something we can all be reminded of, now and then.

  9. I REALLY LIKE THIS … I REMEMBER LYING TO SHOW MYSELF EXCEPTED AMONG MY PIERS … BUT I NOTICED THAT ONE LIE LED TO MILLIONS OF LIES … FINALLY I BLEW THE GASKET OF GUILT AND SHAME AND I DECIDED TO LEARN BY LEARNING … A SIMPLE THING BY READING FROM SOME VERY GOOD AUTHORS THAT GOT SOME ACTION OUT OF THEIR CLAIMS LIKE EINSTEIN AND GALILEO  BUT I STARED SEARCHING FOR MORAL TRUTHS SOME NOW A DAYS WOULD CONSIDER THIS MORAL TRUTH NOT TO BE CRITICAL THINKING BUT IN MY OBSERVATIONS I FOUND THESE TO BE SOME OF THEE MOST CRITICAL THINKING OF ALL AND THAT WOULD BE LOVE … AFTER ALLOT OF READING OF SCRIPTURES OF THE HOLY BIBLE I FOUND SOME UNDENIABLE TRUTHS LIKE OUR FREEDOM DOESN'T COME FROM A GOVERNMENT IT IS GIVEN TO US BY OUR CREATOR AND THESE THINGS WERE IMPLAMENTED IN 1776 AND IF ANY ONE LOOKS AT HISTORY THE MORAL VALUE OF THIS COUNTRY HAS GONE TO A HELLISH DECLINE … NOW MARRIAGE IS NOT BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMEN GIVEN TO US BY OUR CREATOR THE INVENTOR OF MARRIAGE IT IS NOW BETWWEN ANTONE OR ANYTHING PRETTY SOON PEOPLE WILL BE MARRYING THEIR DOGS AND HEIR CATS CRITICAL THINKING I FIRMLY BELIEVE ALSO CARRIES A GREAT REPONSIBILITY CAUSE LOOK WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN SOMEONE BELIEVES JUST ONE PERSON ON HOW TO REASON ETERNITY !!! … 900 PEOPLE DRINKS COOL AID YOU GET IT … SO BE CAREFUL WHO YOU STUDY AND MAKE SHIRE YOUR CRITICAL THINKING IS  SOUND … THX MR. CHRIS SHELDON … I SALUTE YOU SIR. )))

  10. Very good video, Chris. Too bad Scientology does not allow critical thinking, if it did, even the leaders might be able to see the flaws and work out some or most of the kinks.

  11. An exellent video and spot on. That's why it's so appaling to me when people short-circuit critical thinking by calling people "heretics" or "deniers" or saying the "majority" agrees, so that means "you're wrong." These are the tactics of bullies, not those engaging in critical analysis. One can identify a bully because he or she is the one shouting that they know everything, and everyone else must bow to their viewpoint or be "shamed."

  12. !Great episode Chris. I know  a few people that know everything, frustrating! Thanks for your videos. Critcal thinking!

  13. Excellent point. It is very tempting to assume phony knowledge instead of admitting ignorance and doing the hard work of seeking out true knowledge.

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