Analysis of Thought
The Power of the Mind
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.
Food for thought
Test your objectivity ...
- The Scientific Method: Deductive Reasoning or Inductive Faith?
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- Some characteristics of an educated person
A personal view of the important characteristics of an educated person. My response to a question asked by Weblog.
- The Bible: A Solid Foundation for Atheistic Belief
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- Knowledge, evolution, facts and fictions
A look, from a non-scientist's point of view, at the search for knowledge and the theory of evolution
- Unintelligent Design - YouTube
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