Tag Archives: Reason

What is Critical Thinking & How Do You Improve It?


  What is Critical Thinking? In a nutshell, critical thinking is not believing anything… unless the evidence for it is sound. Encoded in this definition are three elements: A sustained skeptical attitude towards the ideas and information which come your … Continue reading

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How to Stop Being Stupid (Part 3: Back to Basics)


Back to Basics Part 1 of How to Stop Being Stupid here Part 2 here

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Expand Your Consciousness In Four Steps


Expand Your Consciousness In Four Two Steps   STEP ONE: Because at some stage of your life you are going to anyway, try any combination of the following New Age 'consciousness-raising' techniques:

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Assessing Thinking


I came across this recently and thought I'd share it:       The original source.    

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The 10 Non-Commandments (For Humanists)


Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true. The scientific method is the most reliable way of … Continue reading

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Naked Monkey Freaky Smart Stuff: Six of the Best and Most Accessible and Most Interesting Podcasts That Are Better Than Idols


It's been four years since I got turned on to podcasts. I listen to new episodes on my commute to and from work, during my admin periods, while I'm blogging and just about whenever I can stitch a few moments … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Rotary Drill: Why Teaching Critical Thinking in Traditional Schools is Pointless


You know when you were younger and you bought your dad a present for Father's Day that you knew was cool and useful and would change his life forever? Like, say, a small high-speed rotary drill with multiple burrs? There's … Continue reading

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Is Teaching Critical Thinking The Most Important (And Most Under-Taught) Skill At School? #SlowChatEd


I sometimes think that my school indulges my madness too easily. A few years ago, I suggested that we offer Chess as an Option subject for our Grade 8s and 9s. I firmly believe that the lessons chess has to … Continue reading

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Opiate of the Masses: Richard Dawkins’s Brilliant Analogy


Opiate of the Masses (Excerpt) by Richard Dawkins It is a highly addictive drug, but governments everywhere encourage its use… I came across this excellent piece by Richard Dawkins on 'Gerin Oil' recently. It serves as an excellent analogy for … Continue reading

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A Very Academic Problem


The Teachers vs The Greeks Teachers: Please stop using the word ‘academic’. You don’t know what it means. When you say things like “this is an academic school”, or “we need to lift our academic standards”, or even “I am … Continue reading

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6 of the Best Podcasts for Teachers, Autodidacts, Critical Thinkers & Other Interesting People


This is my favourite podcast of them all. Episodes are hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and tackle a range of fascinating topics. Slick, clever and interesting. Get them all! Continue reading

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Ho Ho No! 8 Reasons Why I Really, REALLY Don’t Like Christmas.


I find the omnipresent, in-your-face, tinselly trappings of this time of year insulting to my senses and to my mind. Here are a few big reasons why I REALLY don’t like Christmas: Continue reading

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Critical Thinking: Dangerous Nonsense (Why We Need Atheist Schools)


Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, they say. My students insist on it. Not so, I say. If an opinion is racist or bigoted or dangerous or even just plain stupid, you are not entitled to it. For your opinion … Continue reading

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