A recent post on critical thinking from one of my favorite climate blogs. In a nutshell there is:
- Constantly check one’s views against evidence from the real world.
- Think in terms of multiple, rather than single, causes.
- Think in terms of the sizes of things, rather than only in terms of their direction.
- Know many small things and pragmatically apply a “grab bag” of knowledge to make modest predictions about the world (as opposed to knowing one big thing and applying that to everything around)
- Understand one’s own biases.
From a total different talk on a totally different topic, critical thinking is partly a skill-set and partly an attitude.
What is interesting here is that this list conforms to most of the lessons that one draws from Bayes theorem.