My Personal Reflection Essay

645 words - 3 pages

Active, persistent, and careful consideration of a belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds which support it and the further conclusions to which it tends. (Dewey, 1909)
Active, persistent, and careful consideration of a belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds which support it and the further conclusions to which it tends. (Dewey, 1909)

Cassandra L. Hamel
Cassandra L. Hamel
My Personal
Reflection
HUM/114
University of Phoenix
Maya Chapman
October 22, 2012

My Personal
Reflection
HUM/114
University of Phoenix
Maya Chapman
October 22, 2012

There are many ways to describe critical thinking her are some of the ways some of the great thinkers of the past describe it, "For myself, I found that I was fitted for nothing so well as for the study of Truth; as having a mind nimble and ...view middle of the document...

The critical faculty is a product of education and training. It is a mental habit and power. It is a prime condition of human welfare that men and women should be trained in it. It is our only guarantee against delusion, deception, superstition, and misapprehension of ourselves and our earthly circumstances."(William Graham Sumner). Both of these are great ways to describe it but an easier definition would be the process in which you analyze or evaluate information that is given to you as truth, it’s a way that you reflect on the meaning of statements and find the evidence to support them.
I learned that there are stages to becoming a good thinker. Becoming a great thinker does not come naturally but something that you work at in order to perfect the way your mind processes everything from simple questions to more complex ones. Another important fact I learned was that you have to learn the difference between fact and fiction when listening to statements. You need to learn to research the statement made and find information to back it up. There was one other thing that I found as very helpful to me, assuming can hurt you in the end it can make it seem as though you are giving false information as well as leading yourself to believe that what you believe is what they should believe.
Learning these things has taught me how to be a better thinker. I now analyze things more before I take things at face value. I want to find proof before I just accept something someone is trying to tell me. I think that I have moved from beginner thinker to practicing thinker. I put myself at this stage as I don’t think I have fully grasped the ability to integrate everything into my daily life, like my emotions, beliefs, desires, and actions in order to fully analyze things. I am hoping that if I continue to analyze everything in my life and to analyze things at work or school then I will one day become a master thinker.

References:
* http://www.marshall.edu/president/strategic/critical.asp
* Ruggiero, V. R. (2012). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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