Critical Thinking

What is Critical Thinking?

Disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence: The questions are intended to develop your critical thinking. (Dictionary.com)

Critical thinking is a type of reasonable, reflective thinking that is aimed at deciding what to believe or what to do.It is a way of deciding whether a claim is always true, sometimes true, partly true, or false. Critical thinking can be traced in Western thought to the Socratic method of Ancient Greece and in the East, to the Buddhist kalma sutta and Abhidharma. Critical thinking is an important component of most professions. It is a part of the formal education process and is increasingly significant as students progress through university to graduate education, although there is debate among educators about its precise meaning and scope. (Wikipedia)

Here are a few quotes I thought were great, I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to share yours in the comments section. Happy Thinking!

“You want to prepare your child to think as he gets older. You want him to be  critical in his judgments. Teaching a child, by your example, that there’s never  any room for negotiating or making choices in life may suggest that you expect  blind obedience—but it won’t help him in the long run to be discriminating in  choices and thinking” Lawrence Balter

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.”  Anais Nin

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether”
Dalai Lama

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry”. Edgar Allan Poe

“Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.”  Miguel Ruiz

“Religion has the capacity to silence critical thinking and create blindness in entire groups of people. It can infect the minds of followers so completely as to allow the most egregious sexual acts against children and others to go unchallenged for centuries.”  Darrel Ray

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness”. Dalai Lama

I hope you enjoy the articles, videos and topics in this section. Think about them, ask yourself questions, do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

When Does a Religion Become a Cult? An article By Mitch Horowitz http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703529004576160363526909654.html?mod=ITP_opinion_0

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