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Analysis of Thought

Updated on March 11, 2014

The Power of the Mind

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Elements of Reasoning

Why analyzing your thinking is important

Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so, but much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. If you want to think well, you must understand at least the rudiments of thought, the most basic structures out of which all thinking is made. You must learn how to take thinking apart.

Analyzing the Logic of a Subject

When we understand the elements of reasoning, we realize that all subjects, all disciplines, have a fundamental logic defined by the structures of thought embedded in them. Therefore, to lay bare a subject’s most fundamental logic, we should begin with these questions:

  • What is the main purpose or goal of studying this subject? What are people in this field trying to accomplish?
  • What kinds of questions do they ask? What kinds of problems do they try to solve?
  • What sorts of information or data do they gather?
  • What types of inferences or judgments do they typically make?
  • How do they go about gathering information in ways that are distinctive to this field?
  • What are the most basic ideas, concepts or theories in this field?
  • What do professionals in this field take for granted or assume?
  • How should studying this field affect my view of the world?
  • What viewpoint is fostered in this field?
  • What implications follow from studying this discipline? How are the products of this field used in everyday life?

Going Deeper ...

While most critical thinking concepts are intuitive, to integrate and apply these concepts consistently and rationally takes concerted effort, study and reflection. Much like professional athletes or musicians must practice to master their sport or art, so must thinkers practice to master their minds.

A rational foundation for a solid understanding of our own reality as a species can be safely based on the fact that humans are a product of nature.

Introducing irrational ideas about miracles is as unproductive intellectually as rejecting causality.

Too much spirit is bad for the liver and only robs you of a clear view of what benefits you gain by keeping your arguments rational.

It's much better to maintain your sanity in the way your mind works by keeping in touch with reality!


I invite you to go to the following hubs and explore the quality of thought they contain to assist you in developing and cultivating your own critical thinking.

Belief v Reason

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  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    I'm so glad you got a lot from the video! Thanks for passing it on ... it speaks quite clearly to the issue of irrational and wishful thinking ... doesn't it?

    Did you read my hub 'Coping with Reality'?

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    d.william 

    6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    P.S. I just went back and viewed the video you have. It is one of the best i have ever seen. I WILL be adding it to some of my hubs in the future. It states exactly what I have been unable to adequately explain to people in such simple and easily understood terms.

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    d.william 

    6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    Excellent article. I truly enjoyed the read. It is always a pleasure to find writers who do not constantly spew biblical idiocy in their writings. I look forward to reading more of your stuff.

  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Hi ib radmaster!

    Thanks for stopping by ... I really enjoyed the point you made about redefining things or using different words if some things like there is uranium but there is also an enriched kind ... I can't get over people who like to stick every thing into their little snuff box ... :)

    Let me invite you to my own social business site here at SPNet ... http://soponet.ning.com where we can talk about other things as well ... ok? lol

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    ib radmasters 

    6 years ago from Southern California

    F-Hruz

    I find it interesting that you have hubs on hp as an online money maker yet you don't produce many hubs on it.

    I know that hubs age faster than an open container of milk.

    At some point, they don't get the views much less comments.

    I also have a different opinion on your statement that everyone thinks. Based on empirical evidence, there seem to be many people that choose to slipstream on the thinking, or more accurately the talking spouted by others. The most common source of the spouters would be the media.

    For example, when a person is impressed or believes the results of any poll, it means they aren't thinking at that point. They are merely believing the presentation of some very skilled statisticians/PR.

    Another example is the loyal political party voter, as they allow their party to proxy their thinking.

    That aside, I spent six weeks one year in Toronto and I really liked it. Taking the subway, and just walking around and going to the CN Tower.

  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Thanks for the follow up ... that's just one of the super nice things on HubPages, no matter how you think or what you write, you can make great friends on here!

    I look at mental activity almost like an investment. I like to build on my thoughts and those of others to give me a higher return :)

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    debbiesdailyviews 

    7 years ago

    Hi f-h...

    I am back waa-ha-ha-ahahhhaha, cough cough exuse me...

    I came back to read, and comment as promised.

    I have decided to write two hubs to answer my long winded answer.

    Except to say this.

    I love your views, and style of writing. I have said this before about you I know but I will say it again.

    You write completely opposite to me. You write with intelligence, and great knowledge.

    Where as I write, ( and think haha ) in lay-mans terms, or simple terms.

    I enjoy so much reading your hubs.

    Now you can see how my lap-top froze. imagine all this, and then add on my view to this hub hahaha.

    Keep writing, and I will keep reading..

  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Vincent, my friend, thanks so much for your comment!

    Please take a look at my other hubs and post a few words to each one of them - it's sooo good to see you on here. I'm sure you will find this entire HubPage Community a great place to be ... :)

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    vinnyb 

    7 years ago

    Formal thought structures and religious points of view aside. This is an excellent hub to get people to look at their intellect and that is what really makes it a really great hub page Fronto. WOW!!!!

    Vinny B

  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    andromida, thanks so much for reading my hubs and posting your comments.

    With education in science comes an understanding of the structure which human thought has to follow in order to be rational and generally agreed upon as being valid. Religion is not and can not be part of such formal thought structure - it's based in too many ways on mythology and wishful ideas! :)

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    syras mamun 

    7 years ago

    Your questions are really great and much similar the way Socrates used to ask questions.I think we should not integrate any religious concept with the power of mind and logical reasoning, unfortunately most of the people do so.Why can't we think religion as a separate dimension or a domain outside the domain of free thinking.Thank you so much for this interesting hub.

  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Nasty lap-top ... :)

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    debbiesdailyviews 

    7 years ago

    Oh no, I was in the middle of writing you a great comment, and my lap-top froze !

    I will pop back to see if you recived it...

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    Tony McGregor 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    Wow, Franto, this is a super Hub. And thanks for the links to my Hubs - I really appreciate them.

    Critical thinking is so important to human life and progress.

    Love and peace

    Tony

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    Scriber1 

    7 years ago

    In a word, no. I say this because "religious types" do not seek; in fact, seek to battle with, rationality. The source of power used is that "we know something you don't know; thus, you are irrelevant....and, oh by the way, we have the only keys to the gates of heaven....."

  • f_hruz profile imageAUTHOR

    f_hruz 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Thank you very much for your comments and your invitation to read yet another great hub of yours.

    I'm starting to feel a bit of a ground swell building up. I have read a few very good hubs dealing with some substantial issues, like the low level of intellectual output being produced globaly by most of the religious pin heads. It's creating the kind of drag on the world economy, we could do without ... :)

    HubPages is a good place to discuss how we could introduce some possible steps towards resolving this problem.

    Do you think the religious types can be motivated to learn how to become more rational if we can show them how it's done and that the resulting impact may even restore the US economy back to health? :)

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    scriber1 

    7 years ago

    F-Hruz....a penetrating if perhaps polemical piece.

    Aristotle said the following: "All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer sight to almost everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things."

    As that addresses your concern about thought becomong awareness rather than ignorance dominating dialogue, I encourage you to read my hub Vision Slaying Verb.

    Therein the essence of your concern is addressed -- analysis of thought imposes responsibility for that knowledge -- which leaves 91.76 percent of the planet reaching for the remote. Read Vision Slaying Verb

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