I am sure you have heard the phrase “critical thinking”. It’s one of those phrases that people use all the time without really understanding what it means. Let me explain…
When I was in high school, I had to take a course called “Philosophy 101”. This was a class where we would sit around and discuss things like “Is God real?” or “Does life exist after death?”. The teacher would always ask us “why” questions and then we would debate about the answer until we came up with an answer that everyone agreed with. The problem was that we never really knew how to come up with our own answers to these questions. We were taught that there was only one right answer to these questions and that it was obvious.
Well, as you can see, this isn’t true. There is no right or wrong answer to any of these questions. In fact, if you try to come up with an answer to one of these questions you will quickly realize that there is no single correct answer. The reason for this is because these questions are based on assumptions. For example, when you ask “is God real” you are assuming that God exists. You are also assuming that he doesn’t exist. These are two very different assumptions and both can be correct.
If you want to get better at critical thinking, you need to start by learning to question everything. Don’t just accept things as they are, think about them. If you don’t know something, find out. You may not be able to do everything you want to do but you should be able to find out about most things.
If you think that you can’t learn critical thinking, you are wrong. Critical thinking is something that you can learn. Just because you haven’t learned it yet doesn’t mean that you can’t learn it. The key to learning critical thinking is to practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.