Critical Thinking is Everyone’s Responsibility


There you are: enjoying a nice meal in a nicely priced restaurant. Nothing too fancy, just a basic meal and some good company. And then the squeals begin. And the crying. And the shouting. And the nagging. And the running up and down like wild things. Someone ought to say something. Something like “please, madam, won't you try to control your children?”. Except no one will. We're afraid to take a stand. These days, it's just the way things are. You almost expect it.

And then you chat to people:

“Spirit orbs are real, I've seen pictures,” says one.

“If UFOs don't exist, why have there been so many sightings?” says another.

“I'm telling you, it's a true fact – I saw it on the interwebz, truefacts.com I think it was.” pleads another.

“There's a conspiracy behind it,” states yet another “how else do you account for all the anomalies in the official story?”

Someone ought to say something. Something like “please, people, won't you try to control your thinking?”. Except no one will. We're afraid to take a stand. These days, it's just the way things are. You almost expect it.

Fuzzy thinking is like a tribe of raucous brats: Let loose in a public place: it's annoying, rude and often dangerous. We need to get into the habit of calling those who spread lazy thinking on their errors of logic and reasoning. They cannot be allowed to spoil our headspaces with irrational nonsense. They do not have the 'right' to express whatever the hell comes into their heads. By all means, let them do what they wish in their own heads and in their own homes, but once their thoughts enter a public place (be it real or digital), these people need to ensure that they take responsibility for their thoughts and keep them in line.

 

Critical thinking is everyone's responsibility. It's time we stopped looking the other way in the face of annoying irrationality. It's time we stand up and challenge people who allow their bullshit ideas to run amok. It may be awkward and even difficult at first, but my hope is that sooner or later fluffy thinking will be considered something you just don't do in public.

 

 

 

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About Sean Hampton-Cole

Fascinated by thinking & why it goes wrong➫ (Un)teacher ➫iPadologist ➫Humanist ➫Stirrer ➫Edupunk ➫Synthesist ➫Introvert ➫Blogger ➫Null Hypothesist.
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2 Responses to Critical Thinking is Everyone’s Responsibility

  1. Hi Sean…

    Yebo. I’m one of those people who does indeed take a stand. A lonely business.

    By the way, when sharing on Twitter via your share button at the foot of the post, it auto-inserts your backup twitter handle, @SeanHamptonCole, instead of your active handle, @SeanHCole. Probably requires an edit in settings somewhere.

    Happy Christmas, fellow evil, warmongering atheist.

  2. Critical Ben says:

    amen, we have to eradicate this fluffy thinking in public and just saying or doing something /unacceptable/ just because you happen to be of the higher power /prospect/ at the time /moment/, then our generation and future generations will become smart and more hopeful than our current situation.

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