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10 Commandments for Critical Thinking

December 7, 2017 5004

Thou shalt think critically.

That’s the takeaway messages in a new set of 10 commandments, this one from Tom Chatfield, author of the newly released Critical Thinking: Your Guide to Effective Argument, Successful Analysis and Independent Study.

In the collection of videos below, Chatfield eschews the biblical but embraces the practical as he gives specific guidance for training your brain to think critically. In a digital era delivering rivers of information awash in ‘fake news,’ the significance and sheer volume of this information make the question of how we engage with it a vital one.

Chatfield, a former visiting associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, is currently technology and media advisor at Agathos LLP; a faculty member at London’s School of Life; and a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute. He is a regular on the BBC online and broadcast, and has written six books since 2010 exploring digital culture such as Live This Book!, How to Thrive in the Digital Age and Netymology. Critical Thinking, which Social Science Space parent SAGE Publishing has just released, was his seventh. Chatfield also plays jazz piano and by his own admission “drinks too much coffee.”

Interested in join the debate online? Follow #talkcriticalthinking and check out a sample chapter from Critical Thinking here. And be sure to listen to Chatfield’s recent interview for Social Science Bites here.

  1. First and Foremost, Slow Down

https://youtu.be/w4X63Kzdh1M
  1. Conserve Mental Energy

https://youtu.be/3hkUPCof40I
  1. If In Doubt, Wait

  1. Know Your Limits

https://youtu.be/cmLhBTFHg2E
  1. Beware Sunk Costs

https://youtu.be/RFHFo9oDvcg
  1. Judge Strategies, Not Results

https://youtu.be/qi4nCDbQRQE
  1. Most Things Revert to the Mean

https://youtu.be/0hrkDNGyE8Y
  1. Seek Refutation Over Confirmation

https://youtu.be/30NsGjSo95w
  1. Beware of Your Frames of Reference

https://youtu.be/zA7ps_W6ykk
  1. Every Single Option Can Be Wrong

https://youtu.be/VUg8oh_Iawo

Sage, the parent of Social Science Space, is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and library resources with a growing range of technologies to enable discovery, access, and engagement. Believing that research and education are critical in shaping society, 24-year-old Sara Miller McCune founded Sage in 1965. Today, we are controlled by a group of trustees charged with maintaining our independence and mission indefinitely. 

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Anonymous

The second video is missing – It is a repeat of the third commandment.