The Art Of Being Human Chapter 4
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involves separating the rational from the emotional. A critical thinker learns to think for him/herself and delay a final judgment until considering all of the evidence.
Logical and Rational
Emotional and Instictive
he Popcorn Syndrome
we realize the flaws of some forms of entertainment that held our interest but did not make any artistic contribution
the quality that the Dionysian side engenders in us-the ability to look outside ourselves and identify with another person or a piece of music or work for print, stage, screen, or canvas.
staying within the confines of our critical, Apollonian self and looking objectively at the life and problems of another or at those aspects of a given work that reward critical analysis
6 steps in Critical analysis
1. define what you want to determine
2. put aside emotional responses
3. collect and analyze all pertinent factors
4. evaluate the work or topic in its proper context, without dismissing it because of its foreignness to you
5. be willing to understand characters and values that are different than you
6. arrive at an informed opinion with evidence to support it
Beware of Hidden Assumptions
a. After the games that our pitcher has won for our team, he doesn't need to testify before Congress about charges that he used steroids.
b. They caught her speeding, but just because she's a famous movie star, they didn't throw the book at her.
c. Mother's Day came and went and not even a lousy card from my son!
d. The food here is really horrible, but at leas it's cheap.
e. Teenagers just shouldn't be allowed to drive during rush hour.
A figuratist tends to use colorful, original language, full of metaphors, cites specific examples to arrive at general principles; and demonstrates a broad general knowledge of the world.
A noncritical thinker tends to narrow-mindedly relate all experience to him/herself, whereas the critical thinker demonstrates broad-minded awareness of general principles gained from listening to, viewing, reading about, or studying the topic at hand.
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