Critical thinking is essential to making good decisions. Poor decisions can ruin a person’s life. Poor decisions are frequently based on poor facts or poor thinking about those facts.
Take climate, for instance. We currently live in an interglacial period of an ongoing Ice Age. This Ice Age is now about 2.6 million years old, ever since both poles gained permanent ice caps. The most recent glacial period many people call “the Ice Age,” but that’s only a part of this cold period in Earth’s history. That glacial period ended about 11,500–17,000 years ago, depending on your definition for the boundary between interglacials and glacials of the current Ice Age.
Yet, an alarming number of people are fearing warmth and promoting global cooling. Cooling in an Ice Age? That’s lousy critical thinking.
That kind of poor critical thinking could end up getting hundreds of millions, or even billions, killed.
Lack of Critical Thinking on 9/11
The event of 9/11 was full of lousy critical thinking. People are being led around like sheep. They easily fall for the lies of the mainstream media. When someone there says that all conspiracy theories about 9/11 have been debunked, others believe them without question. I had one journalist from Georgia, USA, tell me something like this. When I pressed him for sources, he said he didn’t have time to investigate such things. I then asked where he got the notion that 9/11 theories had been debunked if he had never investigated. Naturally, he didn’t have an answer and refused to respond. He had been caught red-handed with poor critical thinking skills.
It’s also amazing how some people can be so intelligent on some subjects but have such strong biases on other subjects that they never see the flaws in their own reasoning.
Even after being presented with several pieces of evidence which contradict their viewpoint, a person will frequently cling to their biases for no other reason than it somehow “seems” right.
American legislators gave away the liberties of their fellow citizens after 9/11, hoping to gain a little security. One of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin once said that those who would give up their liberty for a little security will deserve neither. Smart man.
When I found out that the largest crime scene in American history had been scrubbed clean, starting on the evening of 9/11, I was outraged. When I found out that Mayor Rudy Giuliani was responsible, I understood just how deep the conspiracy really goes. When I discovered that the top 6 military officers who failed to protect the nation from deadly attack all received promotions instead of courts martial, it became clear that the entire top of the government had become corrupt. Deadly incompetence is never rewarded. What those officers did, then, must have been acts of cold, calculated precision—allowing the murder of their fellow citizens for some nefarious purpose.
Lack of Critical Thinking on Elections
Elections seem to be raising emotions to a fever pitch in recent years. People still think they mean something for the future of the country. But if you had discovered that the entire process is corrupt, with changed votes, ignored votes, lost votes, and following a prearranged script instead of listening to presidential convention voice votes, you would come to realize that elections in America are a sham.
When a process is so corrupt that it becomes meaningless, critical thinking tells us to stop doing it. Why? Because it’s a waste of time. If the bad guys count the votes and their man (or woman) wins all the time, then any amount of casting votes is going to do absolutely nothing. When that happens, it’s time to start a new country. Walk away from the old and start fresh.
Curing a Lack of Critical Thinking
I’ve created a new course which I hope will help a few people cure the lack of critical thinking in this world. Everyone already has some skill. The danger comes from thinking that their skill is sufficient. Such arrogance leads to blind acceptance of logical travesties. They lead to things like the Patriot Act, undeclared wars, martial law, mandatory vaccines, cooling in an Ice Age, and other destructive actions.
The course is called, Critical Thinking Academy. It’s hosted at Udemy.com, and they sell the course for $20. Yes, I make a little money off of this. Every little bit helps to keep the electricity on. But if you use the link here, it will take you to my own publishing website and will give you a 25% discount. You save $5, and I make a little more because I’m bringing Udemy another student. So, it’s a win-win situation for all involved.
I’m already working on adding more modules to this course. It’s that important to me. If you have any topics you would like to see covered in a critical thinking course, please let me know. I appreciate all the feedback I can get.
This article was originally published 2016:0517 on http://And-The-Pursuit-Of-Happiness.com/.