Importance and meaning of critical thinking.
Critical thinking is when one is able to discuss a reflective and independent line of thought. To succeed in critical thinking you have to follow some principles which make one's argument stronger; Rationality, Honesty, Open-Mindedness, Self-Awareness, Judgement and Discipline. These factors help to validate your argument so they should be used wisely and coherently.
To be rational in an argument one has to base their knowledge on reason rather than taking the subject personally and to avoid doing that you have to have evidence that the argument you are debating is "real", know when the evidence is faulted and try to find the best method to explain your research rather than bringing confusion or shouting and asking questions to the opposition to create a tense environment.
When debating an argument you have to be honest in the evidence and to the opposition, if you are lying just so you can win it is pointless. Having an honest argument makes you a respectable individual.
In an argument there is the affirmative and the opposition. To be professional in the way you lay-out your argument, one has to keep in mind that the opposition has a different point of view and interpretations which in some cases might counteract or neutralize your argument and win it instead.
One has to be aware that we are not biasing, making assumptions or prejudices to the argument which may kill all of the knowledge you have of the debate. One cannot only have knowledge of their line of thought to the argument but having knowledge of the opposition's evidence so one can be more informed.
Judging the evidence is crucial in an argument, different assumptions to the subject or if the relevance is suitable. One has to know when they lost an argument and accept new knowledge to expand one's intelligence.
One has to avoid infuriating responses from the opponent which may make one seem unprofessional since naturally we back up the evidence emotionally rather than intellectually.
Starting this scholastic year of 2016-2017 is surreal to me. This is my fourth year at MCAST and I cannot believe till this very day how time flew so quickly, each year getting more and more challenging with reason. In total we have five units which is reasonable when comparing last year's first semester when we had six units. I found the units to be a bit intense especially when we were informed that in less than a month we had to come up with our dissertation. I feel that it was very unfair that we were not informed that we would have started the dissertation this year because me and my peers all agreed that we could have worked during the summer holidays on it. I am a bit scared and excited for what this year is going to offer me but I am really looking forward to see the learning outcome I will have once I finish this year. Now that I got used to the new grading and assignment system, I am eager to start off my work as soon as possible and never leave everything to the last minute. I have to learn from my mistakes and not repeat them!
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