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Old 8th May 2017, 08:18 AM
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Default Re: Critical Thinking

The difficulty, to my mind at least, is that there is a disconnect between people who only work in the realm of unstructured thinking (emotion, intuition, motivation) and those who want to explain things to them in terms of structured critical thinking. Watch almost any episode of The Atheist Experience and you will see it happen with some theist caller, or even some atheist callers.

I contend that you have to use thinking techniques that are structured, but not the critical thinking ones, to begin to engage the fully unstructured thinkers. The lateral thinking stuff, I think, gives the unstructured thinkers appealing, easy tools that automatically shift thinking. It is one of the few ways I know to get adults to position themselves to then understand critical thinking, to even perceive it.

Street Epistemology is another mechanism that does this to a degree, where you ask people leading questions. But I have seen that fail often enough when people try to follow up a person's uncertainty about their answers with strong reasoning. The person being talked with squirms away, feeling manipulated, which to some degree is correct. I consider that a backfire.
"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government".
-Thomas Jefferson

Burden of proof is the obligation on somebody presenting a claim to provide evidence to support its truth (a warrant). Once evidence has been presented, it is up to any opposing "side" to show the evidence presented is not adequate. If claims were accepted without warrants, then every claim could simultaneously be claimed to be true.

History isn't written by the victors. It's written by the people with the time machines.

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