Socrates Critical Thinking

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With the proliferation of internet-connected devices, the vast majority of people receive the bulk of their news and information from newspaper headlines, Op-Ed articles, or even Facebook posts.Instead of looking into the issue themselves and attempting to discern why the argument for such and such is being made, many choose to simply accept what they read at face value, usually because it just sounds good, appeals to their emotions, or is consistent with their simple world view.

With the proliferation of internet-connected devices, the vast majority of people receive the bulk of their news and information from newspaper headlines, Op-Ed articles, or even Facebook posts.Instead of looking into the issue themselves and attempting to discern why the argument for such and such is being made, many choose to simply accept what they read at face value, usually because it just sounds good, appeals to their emotions, or is consistent with their simple world view.

This method of reasoning was born as a check and balance to human intuition.

As previously stated, critical thinking does not consist of any one piece of knowledge, one all encompassing experience, or some beneficial genetic mutation…instead, it is the culmination of all of these things used together that gives us a better ability to discern the information we receive.

Then they unwittingly spread that false information to others.

These people have chosen to abandon critical thinking and make no effort to discern whether the information is True or not.

This has become such a problem in our culture that it has even caught the attention of major tech companies.

In an effort to curb this problem, Facebook, for example is developing systems to detect “fake news” or “false information” before it has the chance to spread.It is the skill that helps us determine what is rational and logical in our world, rather than falling for what is irrational or illogical.The Socratic Method is how we arrive at these conclusions.Yet, even though each of us can live a far more advanced life than any Roman citizen at its peak, we too are beginning to struggle against forces that could very well lead to the annihilation of our way of life and what it means to be an American.Today, we are struggling once again over fundamental ideas. We can either continue to accept every person’s wild imaginations and half-baked theories at face value – without a shred of evidence to support them – or we can use critical thinking and the Socratic Method to effectively weigh these ideas and properly discern which are true. Similar to attaining wisdom, critical thinking is a skill that must be learned over time.The first is known simply as the “Classical” version.In this form, the Socratic Method is used as a way to delve further into an idea or a at almost every turn.However, the key importance of critical thinking is that it can be used to discern the authenticity of the information we receive, whether from television, books, the evening news, our closest friends, or even strangers on social media.It is the skill we use to help us avoid the lies, deceit, and deplorable ideas that come from even seemingly irreproachable people. However, it isn’t about the knowledge you gain, the experiences you’ve had, nor the gifts you may have been born with that determine its strength (even if you were born with a photographic memory or a brain faster than a calculator), instead, it all depends on how every person uses their gifts in tandem.Most importantly, this seems to be leading toward a worsening inability to discover even simple Truth.Critical thinking has been fundamental to the health and success of our society since the birth of this great country.

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