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Mindedness
Critical thinkers are open and receptive to all ideas and
arguments, even those with which they may disagree.
Critical thinkers reserve judgment on a message until they
have examined the claims, logic, reasoning, and evidence
used. Critical thinkers are fair-minded and understand that a
message is not inherently wrong or flawed if it differs from their
own thoughts. Critical thinkers remain open to the possibility
of changing their view on an issue when logic and evidence
supports doing so.
Analytic Nature Critical thinkers are interested in understanding what is
happening in a message. Critical thinkers ask questions of the
message, breaking it into its individual components and
examining each in turn. Critical thinkers dissect these
components looking for sound logic and reasoning.
Systematic by
Method
Critical thinkers avoid jumping to conclusions. Critical thinkers
take the time to systematically examine a message. Critical
thinkers apply accepted criteria or conditions to their
analyses.
Inquisitive Critical thinkers are curious by nature. Critical thinkers ask
questions of what is going on around them and in a message.
Critical thinkers want to know more and take action to learn
more.
Judicious Critical thinkers are prudent in acting and making judgments.
Critical thinkers are sensible in their actions. That is, they don't
just jump on the bandwagon of common thought because it
looks good or everyone else is doing it.
Truth-Seeking
Ethos
Critical thinkers exercise an ethical foundation based in
searching for the truth. Critical thinkers understand that even
the wisest people may be wrong at times.
Confident in
Reasoning
Critical thinkers have faith in the power of logic and sound
reasoning. Critical thinkers understand that it is in everyone's
best interest to encourage and develop sound logic. More
importantly, critical thinkers value the power of le
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