Resources to Become a Better Critical Thinker – Foundational

Critical Thinking- foundational
This is part 1 in a series of 3 on critical thinking.  Part 1 focuses on foundational critical thinking resources.

“critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking in order to make your thinking better” Paul Richard 1992

Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts – Dr. Peter Facione’s paper about the meaning and importance of critical thinking.

Why Critical Thinking Is Not a Creativity Killer – The case for critical thinking and why it gets bad press.

Things You Really Need to Learn – Stephen Downes’s view on what we need to learn in order to be successful.  It’s a great post with several critical thinking items.

The Critical Thinking Community – Mega site from The Center of Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking On The Web – An online critical thinking directory from Austhink.  The site has many resources ranging from arguments to logic and critical thinking tutorials.

Critical Thinking Compendium – A wiki resource for teaching critical thinking and Internet literacies that is led by Howard Rheingold and other respected educators.

Critical Thinking Web – Site that contains over 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills by the Philosophy Department at the University of Hong Kong.

The Elements of Reasoning and Intellectual Standards – An interactive model of the 8 Elements of Thought from the Foundation of Critical Thinking.  Includes questions to ask for each element and describes the universal intellectual standards.

The Path to Critical Thinking – If you’re overwhelmed by critical thinking concepts, take a look at Stever Robbin’s advice on how to incorporate critical thinking into your thinking.

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein

Fallacy Files – Comprehensive resource for understanding logical fallacies from Gary Curtis.

Stephen’s Guide to the Logical Fallacies – Well known site that lists and describes all known logical fallacies, by Stephen Downes.

Cognitive Biases – A list of almost 150 cognitive biases (flaws in judgment) explained.

Top 10 Thinking Traps Exposed — How to Foolproof Your Mind, Part I & Part II – Luciano Passuello describes 10 thinking traps and how to avoid them.

Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking – This book helps you bridge the gap between simply memorizing or blindly accepting information, and the greater challenge of critical analyzing the things we are told and read.

Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life – This book is about becoming a better critical thinker in every aspect of your life.  It addresses all three key components of thinking: analysis, evaluation and re-thinking.

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning – This book explains how our brains are wired and how to take advantage of your its architecture.

Stumbling on Happiness – This book helps you better understand how our brains work.  Dan Gilbert provides research on why we are not good at predicting the future and what we can do about it.

A Rulebook for Arguments – This book introduces the art of writing and assessing arguments, organized around specific rules, each illustrated and explained soundly but briefly.

“Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.”  Carl Sagan