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critical thinking



critical thinking (uncountable)

  1. The application of logical principles, rigorous standards of evidence, and careful reasoning to the analysis and discussion of claims, beliefs, and issues.
    • 1898, Josiah Royce, "Review of In Tune with the Infinite; or, Fulness of Peace, Power, and Plenty by Ralph Waldo Trine," International Journal of Ethics, vol. 9, no. 1, p. 126:
      The new mysticism, very prevalent at this time in America, is thus, indeed, not ill represented by this very pleasant book. Critical thinking there is none, of course, from one end of the volume to the other.
    • 1990, Kerry S. Walters, "Critical Thinking, Rationality, and the Vulcanization of Students," Journal of Higher Education, vol. 61, no. 4, p. 450:
      As any educator knows, the training of students in critical thinking, analytic skills, and problem solving has become a top educational priority in recent years.
    • 2006, David Pease, "Teenage Wasteland," New York Times, 4 June (retrieved 16 June 2009):
      Recent studies of adolescents' brain scans show that the consumption of alcohol by young adults can cause long-lasting damage, particularly in areas related to learning, memory and critical thinking.