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Welcome to this special ‘Critical Thinking’ lesson program. I have decided to start a new series of lessons within the New Science of Physical Health platform.
It is a really simple approach. I love reading specific news articles, and watching specific YouTube videos about a range of different topics, some of which on the service level don't seem related to the new science of physical health.
So here is my approach with this new ‘critical thinking’ lesson series. When I find a news article or a YouTube video that has a high level of interest for me I'm going to do a health lesson about that news article or video.
That means at the time of recording this will be a very current or recent article or YouTube video that's come out. I'm going to examine what is talked about, in a range of different topics but I'm interested in. Here are some of the topics I'll be presenting in this critical thinking lessons series. It will be a mixture of news articles or YouTube videos.
So if anything from that list interests you, stay tuned. I've got a lot of lessons to cover over the coming year.
When we use critical thinking, we don't just accept things without questioning or thinking about them. Instead, we ask ourselves questions and look for evidence and good reasons before we believe something or make a decision.
Here are a few key parts of critical thinking:
Questioning: Critical thinkers like to ask lots of questions. They don't just believe something because someone says it's true. They ask themselves, "Why should I believe this?" or "Is there evidence to support this?"
Analyzing: Critical thinkers examine things closely. They break down big problems or ideas into smaller parts and study them carefully. It's like being a detective, searching for clues to understand the whole picture.
Evidence: Critical thinkers love evidence! They look for facts, data, or information that supports an idea. They want to know if there are good reasons behind what someone is saying or if it's just an opinion without any proof.
Considering different perspectives: Critical thinkers try to see things from different angles. They understand that people have different opinions and experiences. So, they listen to others and try to understand why someone might think differently.
Making informed decisions: Instead of making snap judgments or going with the first idea that comes to mind, critical thinkers take their time. They weigh the pros and cons, consider different options, and make choices based on careful thought and good reasoning.
By developing critical thinking skills, we become better problem solvers, decision-makers, and learners. It helps us avoid being easily fooled by false information, and it allows us to think for ourselves and make choices that are well thought out
Let’s get started on the first lesson in this series, with a news article I read when I woke up this morning.
“Doctors should avoid discussing patient’s weight, Australian of the Year says.” By Amber Schultz
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