Sunday, November 7, 2010

Critical Thinking?


There is a lot out here written on the subject of critical thinking. It's the new buzzword in the blogosphere. But what does it mean? Is it being accomplished? Are we, the ones that share our ideas without fear of censorship(yet), participating in this most noble of human abilities?


According to the definition above, which I think we can all agree upon, we must do the following things:


Clarify our goals. Ok, outside of the greed and self centered concerns of the few that head up the world's corpocracies, I think most of us can agree that we long for a world in which there is fairness. Not fairness for a few, but for every human that spends their one and only life in this reality, on this planet. Beyond that goals will vary, but they only come to fruition because of this fairness thing. We all should be able to eat healthy food, be sheltered from the elements and share the planet equally and without illusions of one person being intrinsically any better or any worse than another. Agreed? I thought so. These things are pretty basic and simple. A simple, and yet powerful goal.

Next we need to "examine assumptions". Now I read that as being truly critical. Not accepting anything on faith. No matter what we have been told to assume is true...we examine it and prove it's validity. Or not. That includes, of course, our history. If it affects our daily lives today, our history must be factual. Period. No interpretations. Throw out any previously written accounts of our world that cannot be proven beyond doubt to the majority of humans that it affects. We should never accept any assumptions. From anyone. This includes agendas from those that would have us believe something, merely for their benefit. Facts are facts.

This method of thinking then by nature would include the next two items in our list and they are, "discern hidden values", and "evaluate evidence". By discerning hidden values I read that to mean that there are prime movers in any problem. These values must be rooted out to understand why there even is a problem to be critically examined to begin with. These hidden values are often "agendas". A list of things that someone who wishes certain things to take place, will be done to insure the outcome. To reveal these agendas we must evaluate the evidence critically. That is to say for instance, if someone tells you that there were gas chambers in the concentration camps of WWII Germany that were used to kill millions of people, mostly jews... then explain how these chambers work. Explain how poison gas was used to kill these souls, but didn't harm the people doing the killing. Draw me a diagram of said death-chambers. The burden of proof is on the accuser. I should not, as a critical thinker, accept emotional agenda-driven eyewitness evidence as proof. Show me.


Finally, when all the evidence is in, we can assess our conclusions. Run a proof, so to speak. You all remember that a way to check your answer of adding 2+4=6, is to subtract 4 from 6 to get 2. These are the way facts work...in math...in reality. If something doesn't add up, then it is not indeed a fact.


So when we use our ability to discern hidden values and evaluate evidence we can root out the cause of most if not all problems in this human sphere. So when we have done all this thinking, we "accomplish actions". Presumably, then(using our example)...since the modern apartheid state of israel was founded upon the "myth" of the holocaust, (to which such critical thinking will lead you to understand it to be) then at least one action should be accomplished. That would be the dismantling of that terrorist state built on lies.


I have been watching many videos circulating out here about critical thinking. "You must be a critical thinker" , they say. And yet in the very same breath they make reference to points in history that they themselves have not critically examined. Or perhaps the viewer that does have the above mention rules at hand, can find here, one of the key elements in said thinking process....hidden values. An agenda. This guy "James Corbett" that is on "our" side...would have you believe his take on eugenics as a Rockefeller brainchild, and in many ways, perhaps it is. But he persuades you in this effort by way of telling you that in it's origins, eugenic philosophy was practiced under Rockefeller's auspices by none-other than Joseph Mengele in the "death camps" of Auschwitz. Ring...DONG...woop-woop!!! Bells and whistles going off everywhere. Critical thinking? Or hidden values?


This buzzword, like most of them that come and go and become part of our vocabulary, ironically has not been examined carefully and is being used to push agendas about which it's very definition warns us.
In other words, you should be a critical thinker...as long as you agree with me.


Irony. I love that stuff.



12 comments:

Peter Franks said...

Ah hah...pictures of books those will go along way to developing critical thought. The only books in the house being the phone book, the bible and a sears catalog haven't served us well.

A. Peasant said...

so true. sometimes i come across something and i'm reading along and it's good, and then all of a sudden there's a big poop in the fruit loops. and it is remarkable how this usually has to do with the history of religion. just the other day i was reading something and all of a sudden there was the 'i'm a Christian and i have nothing against Jews because Jesus was a Jew' thing, and the gong sounded. no, sorry, no he was not, no matter how sincerely someone might believe this thing.

but, it is also wrong to assume that every time this happens, it means the person is being purposefully disingenuous. sometimes not. we are all learning, we hope. what matters is whether people are willing to be corrected, to abandon their old thinking for the truth, if it is presented to them.

Ragnarok said...

Hi timster. Well, don't they say that the best disinformation is about 95% true with just a small, but utterly critical, twisting or ommission of the facts. Corbett is either very sophisticated propaganda for reasonably intelligent people, or he hasn't practised enough of what he preaches, ie critical thinking. Irony indeed.
He appears to be pinpointing the henchmen and underlings of the actual masterminds. Standard fare.

Here's where my critical thinking has gotten me after many years of reading and reflection on this planets known history. 'Civilisation' itself is the real conspiracy against the human. It has always primarily benefitted those at the top of the pyramid, and only incidently and grudgingly those further down. For the past 6,000 years and possibly longer,the psychopathic element of our population has largely run the show. From the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Egyptians, Romans and on and on to the present day incarnations calling themselves Zionists or Jews or whatever, it is the same genetic strain that has been passed down through 'keeping it in the family'. Sooner or latter man will have to face up to the root cause of the planets ills, and a bit of gene therapy will have to be prescribed.

Sure ideology plays it's part in propagating the wishes of the paychopaths, and those born into some unfortunate ethnic groups get a really bad start in life as a result, but someone had to come up with the ideology first. These destroyers of humanity, having come up with the idea of eugenics in the first place will find their creation come full circle in the fullness of time and bite them in the ass. It will be the ultimate irony so see those that believe themselves superior to the rest of us classified as the true undesirables. Does not evil carry the seeds of it's own destruction within itself?

Just for clarification, i'm not advocating a real holocaust, every human no matter how crazy deserves his or her time on this rock. Their imposition on the rest of us, however, is not welcome. As i said earlier a bit of friendly, beneficial gene therapy will sort out the problem, the technology is there.

Whilst somewhat unpalatable even to myself i see no other recourse to this problem, unless you want to go around killing people en mass, which is never a solution.

Ragnarok said...

Hi timster. Well, don't they say that the best disinformation is about 95% true with just a small, but utterly critical, twisting or ommission of the facts. Corbett is either very sophisticated propaganda for reasonably intelligent people, or he hasn't practised enough of what he preaches, ie critical thinking. Irony indeed.
He appears to be pinpointing the henchmen and underlings of the actual masterminds. Standard fare.

Here's where my critical thinking has gotten me after many years of reading and reflection on this planets known history. 'Civilisation' itself is the real conspiracy against the human. It has always primarily benefitted those at the top of the pyramid, and only incidently and grudgingly those further down. For the past 6,000 years and possibly longer,the psychopathic element of our population has largely run the show. From the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Egyptians, Romans and on and on to the present day incarnations calling themselves Zionists or Jews or whatever, it is the same genetic strain that has been passed down through 'keeping it in the family'. Sooner or latter man will have to face up to the root cause of the planets ills, and a bit of gene therapy will have to be prescribed.

Sure ideology plays it's part in propagating the wishes of the paychopaths, and those born into some unfortunate ethnic groups get a really bad start in life as a result, but someone had to come up with the ideology first. These destroyers of humanity, having come up with the idea of eugenics in the first place will find their creation come full circle in the fullness of time and bite them in the ass. It will be the ultimate irony so see those that believe themselves superior to the rest of us classified as the true undesirables. Does not evil carry the seeds of it's own destruction within itself?

Just for clarification, i'm not advocating a real holocaust, every human no matter how crazy deserves his or her time on this rock. Their imposition on the rest of us, however, is not welcome. As i said earlier a bit of friendly, beneficial gene therapy will sort out the problem, the technology is there.

Whilst somewhat unpalatable even to myself i see no other recourse to this problem, unless you want to go around killing people en mass, which is never a solution.

Timster said...

Ragnarok - "a bit of gene therapy will have to be prescribed."
I like that.
Very well said. You should write more...a blog?

Timster said...

AP - Very level-headed obs. Perhaps that is the case...not being purposefully disingenuous...more often than not. But I love the "big poop in the fruit loops" thing!

Timster said...

Peter - Many truths can be gathered from the Sears catalog! And it comes in handy in the outhouse...as does the King James old testament.

A. Peasant said...

well, the thing is that i used to believe in peak oil, and other lies, and surely i still do have some yet to be discovered by me. to quote the brilliant Giordano Bruno:

"It took many years to fully remove my head from my ass, but I did. I see no reason why others could not do the same, given the right prompting."

http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=898

Timster said...

AP - Thanks for the link. Yes, I have read his stuff before...wonderful clarity of thought...admirable.

I have no problem with the innately intelligent-enough at some point pulling their heads from their rectums. We all have to do that at some time...but as they are doing so they should keep their traps shut until it's fully extracted? I dunno...I don't have the patience that I used to.

Elsa said...

Hi, No idea why you put clarifying goals in there, let alone put it first. Critical thinking for me is just plain good thinking. 2 ingredients. One, looking at facts, getting all the information available (so, yet, examine assumptions and even identify assumptions which many people accept as facts but which are not). Two, using logic, reason. In my experience, people tend to be blocked against good thinking - especially take assumptions as facts ("all opinions are equal", etc), So in fact I ended up setting up a part of my site for good thinking. http://www.elsas-word-story-image-idea-music-emporium.com/the-idea-emporium.html

Timster said...

Elsa - Thanks for your comment.
The definition, was kind of a TIC thingy. It is a hyperlink to wikipedia's def. Generally correct, but I love to quote them and their "edited" content.
Wow, on your site! I am reading it now.

Timster said...

Elsa - just finished perusing your site. Oh please.
Thanks for stopping by though.