Critical thinking is the ability not to let bias, convenience, mindset or assumptions hijack your thinking. This whitepaper will help to understand the impact of inputs (data) and influences (bias) on the reasoning process. This whitepaper will teach you how to develop a questioning mindset, and quality standards that will allow you to make better decisions.
Contrary to what the name implies, critical thinking doesn’t mean being critical of others. It is fundamental or vital thinking. Critical thinking is thinking that goes to the root cause of a problem. Introspective thinking is the ability not to judge everything. Critical thinking does not have to be used to discredit any decision or make any choice. Instead, it can be used to balance evidence, reason, and options.
When they ask questions about their understanding, critical thinkers make better decisions. They recognize that decision-makers are often lazy and superficial thinkers, and they ask questions to demonstrate their understanding. They are critical thinkers who seek logic, reason and reasoning as the foundation for effective decision-making. They think slowly and carefully.
Asking questions about beliefs and why helps us to see how much we really know. Introspective thinking can help you discover what you know and don’t understand about a subject. It exposes the importance and nature of false assumptions as well as gaps in information. Although it may seem difficult to question the opinions of others, it will help you make the right decisions in the end.
What is a good decision
The first paper in the Critical Thinking Series: “Good Decision”? How do you judge quality? This article will explain how to evaluate the quality of decisions. If the decision maker is aware of the risks involved in making the decision, the decision is high quality. They are aware of the quality and biases of their information.
A good decision is one that can be viewed as a success, even though it may not be the best. The quality of the decision is determined by the quality of the information and the reasoning used to make it. Incomplete or incorrect information can lead to inaccurate predictions of future outcomes.
Bad decisions are made when the decision maker isn’t well informed. This could be due incomplete or poor information, faulty reasoning or bad information. The decision maker makes a decision without fully understanding the pros and disadvantages of each option, or whether all options were considered. They don’t know how reliable their information is.
Sound reasoning and sound analysis are key to making a good (high-quality) decision. decision. Good decisions do not depend on luck. These decisions are not made by “throwing a die”, but are the result of well-informed risk-taking. The decision maker is aware what they don’t know, and makes the best decisions based upon this knowledge.
Bias gets in the Way
The second paper in the critical thinking series, Managing Analytical Bias – Why Good Decisions are Hard to Make, examines how so much of our thinking is not balanced.
The natural tendency in decision making is to: * only consider those options that are obvious* to analyze only areas with uncertainty with which we are familiar* quickly contrast the known options through fog of assumptions and biases.
Tria is a general term that refers to intuitive or instinctual problem solving (which leads us to making decisions).
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