The kit is brought out as a matter of course whenever new ideas are offered for consideration. If the new idea survives examination by the tools in our kit, we grant it warm, although tentative, acceptance. ~ Carl Sagan
A conversation that resonated with me this week centred on the use of digital technologies. How students need a burgeoning set of skills and attributes to navigate the broadening media landscape.
We often throw around the category critical thinking skills, but what does that actually mean? What practical steps can we take to seek truth in what we hear, see and read? How are these skills relevant to an ever increasing augmented reality?
I suppose it is about truth seeking skills.
In his Baloney Detection Kit Carl Sagan outlines some specific actions we can take to be better at seeking the truth. Such as using a mental model:
Occam’s Razor. This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.
He also shares how to avoid the most common pitfalls of common sense. A great read which I think you will enjoy. I wonder if these rules for critical thinking will always be relevant?