What’s critical thinking, and why be critical thinkers?

This week I’m starting a series of talks centred on critical thinking. This first presentation looks at the two key pillars of critical thinking, logic and background knowledge, or knowledge of the world.

I will argue that to be a critical thinker you need to be able to analyse an argument logically and to use your knowledge of the world to judge the plausibility of the claims that are made.

I will also try to explain why it is worth taking the trouble to think critically: for our own sake, to keep safe from being manipulated and to become better communicators, but also to become critical citizens.

In searching for a framework to start from in such a complex subject I am very grateful for having found the Critical Thinker Academy website (http://www.criticalthinkeracademy.com/index.html).

So I hope you enjoy watching!

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About Simona Petrescu

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and studied English literature and linguistics. I taught English as a Foreign Language for over 18 years and specialised in professional communication and in Cambridge English exams. In 2011 I won the British Council / Macmillan Elton Prize for Innovative Writing with a course material pack of English for Human Resources. I have been living in Germany since 2008, where I am now dedicating most of my time to writing, both Professional English course materials and fiction. My interests lie in the area of language, communication strategies, learning psychology, but also literature, music and travel.
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