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  • The first 500 people to click the link in the description are going to get a free two-month trial to Skillshare where you can easily

  • 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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