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Learn to start your own YouTube channel or business. The major advantage that humans have over every other species is our ability to think rationally.
It's allowed us to build cities, cars, computers and essentially bend nature to our will, the quality with which we think
determines the quality of our future. It's undeniable quality thinkers are critical thinkers.
In my last essay you may have seen that after the first two years of college,
45% of students showed no gains in critical thinking,
45% that's almost half, it's frightening because the same system that made our cities
so powerful, school, is now becoming a system of
indoctrination for our young. The quality of our future is defined by the quality of our thinkers.
The quality of our thinkers is determined by their abilities to think critically.
Before we can dive deeper into critical thinking, we need to discuss rational thinking, so let's define rational thinking,
a perfectly rational being which doesn't exist makes decisions purely based on Logic data and empirical evidence.
Let's assume that it's the highest form of conscious thought,
critical thinking can be seen as a necessary step towards perfectly rational thinking,
a critical thinker thinks offensively, they take active ownership of their learning and understanding,
just as a bodybuilder finds a natural habitat in the gym, the critical thinker finds enjoyment in mental strain
They know a tough mental workout will strengthen their ability to think rationally.
A passive thinker thinks defensively how can I fit in? what will make people accept me?
what will help me pass this test? They avoid mental strain and outsource the difficult thinking to others. They default on the opinion of experts
Instead of forming their own. A critical thinker thinks in terms of systems,
but a passive thinker thinks in terms of goals; The passive thinker asks
what will get me an A on this essay? The critical thinker asks
what are the traits of an excellent essay? The end result for both is the same:
a perfect grade. On the surface, the two paths may seem the same,
but they're not. The critical thinker formed a system that can reproduce the same result in multiple situations for various people
but the passive thinker achieves the result in a specific scenario.
The passive thinker is focused on outputs while the critical thinker is focused on inputs.
This is a very subtle, but important difference in character
So what benefits do habitually critical thinkers obtain over others?
Firstly, they're better at decision making. Critical thinkers are less likely to make sudden judgments without a clear understanding of the information at hand.
As a Result, they're less likely to make irrational and emotional decisions or be manipulated by others.
Secondly, they're more empathetic.
Critical thinkers understand that we all have our own unique view of the world.
They avoid judging others until they have attempted to step into their shoes and try to understand how they see the world
This ability helps them diffuse tense situation and aids in persuasion.
It's an essential skill for any great leader or teammate.
Critical thinkers are deeper learners. When they don't know something, critical thinkers admit that they don't know.
They only speak on topics that they have actively studied for themselves, and lastly, critical thinkers are more creative
without critical thinking, creativity would not exist.
If creativity is the creation of something original, then critical thinking is a crucial part of the recipe.
Critical thinkers refuse to blindly accept the ideas and values of others, which results in the generation of new ideas.
So critical thinking is important and beneficial, but how does one become a critical thinker? That's what we'll discuss in the next video
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The Most Important Thing School Never Taught You

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