“Some very simple introspective critical analysis may be precisely what the doctor has ordered, Sir.”
One would think that during the normal course of events when ridicule of one’s decisions or unpleasantness with one’s professional performance is brought to the forefront of national and/or international scrutiny, which in the following case(s) definitely involves the press as well as electronic media.
Therefore, it ostensibly demands that the person(s) whom such scrutiny would first look into themselves for any congruities or those symptoms causing such ridicule would be identified, sorted out, with the person looking into both – one’s self perception, as well as what it is that is being alleged about the individual where one would have the mental maturity to ask themselves, “Could this perception be right or even possible?”
Lately we have had the most unsophisticated as well as nonprofessional individuals whining and gripping about the way in which they are confronted or speaking directly, “What Attorney General has ever received that kind of treatment…? Although this sentence was taken from The Daily Rushbo that was featuring Mark Levine’s reaction to the AG’s message entitled, Levin Goes NUCLEAR On Holder: Stop Whining Big Baby! Start Doing Your Job! You’re Pathetic!
The point that I am trying to make is that none, nil, nada, zilch, or zero of these quasi-professionals are asking the most fundamental and rudimentary question before spewing such nonsense, from the president to the attorney general to several members of congress and that is, “Well how true are these assertions being made?”
Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.
It entails the examination of those structures or elements of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or question-at-issue; assumptions; concepts; empirical grounding; reasoning leading to conclusions; implications and consequences; objections from alternative viewpoints; and frame of reference.
Critical thinking — in being responsive to variable subject matter, issues, and purposes — is incorporated in a family of interwoven modes of thinking, among them: scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, historical thinking, anthropological thinking, economic thinking, moral thinking, and philosophical thinking.
And finally, in a seminal study on critical thinking and education in 1941, Edward Glaser defines critical thinking as follows “The ability to think critically, as conceived in this volume, involves three things: ( 1 ) an attitude of being disposed to consider in a thoughtful way the problems and subjects that come within the range of one’s experiences, (2) knowledge of the methods of logical inquiry and reasoning, and (3) some skill in applying those methods. Critical thinking calls for a persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it tends.
This is one single area where America in our minds has regressed. Normally if someone says something about the way in which I perform my first reaction is always directed inwards towards me.
Those who are a part of the Millennial generation are engaged in learning their behavior’s and otherwise from this lackluster bunch of losers who are immensely adept at skirting the truth, postponing a complete answer, changing laws with hand washing, and who have no intention of ever being incorrect about anything they have ever been a part of.
As for us at The Contemplative Thinker this is what we feel is wrong with America or the American Way.