How Are Your Critical Thinking Skills?

Sadly, most of us grew up and went to schools that taught us facts but not how to think! Then, somewhere along the line, we begin studying New Thought philosophy and we have to face up to our inadequacies in this area. It’s a real eye opener, isn’t it?

I feel grateful to have attended graduate school. I learned a lot about the field of public health, but even more useful to me than that knowledge is the tidbits I was able to glean about how important it is to be able to critique what I read in newspapers, journals, and now “on line.” In particular, I have seen evidence of people just taking everything they read in papers and on line for real truth. Well, much of what we read there is just simply not true. These are frequently, people’s beliefs and not really the truth.

There are a couple of tips I’d like to share with you about thinking logically and critically when you read. First of all, if you see some figures, charts, graphs, numbers of any kind, look for a citation that tells you where the writer got those figures. Good sources are usually government-sponsored sites and possibly Wikipedia (though one cannot be sure of those numbers, either). Remember – anyone can post anything on the Internet – and you may never know if it’s true or false.

Another important point to consider, especially if debating a philosophy or belief with a friend, is that first and foremost it’s important to define your terms and agree that you are both talking about the same thing. This is one of Unity’s strengths—Charles Fillmore defined many of the terms he used and these definitions appeared in The Revealing Word and the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary.

Additionally, during the conversation, as new terms are thrown in, do a quick check-in with the other person to make sure you’re both still on the same page. It’s easy, oh so easy, to get off track, and pretty soon, the two of you are in a full-blown argument. Not good.

Hopefully, as Unity Truth students, we are working on honing up our ability to think clearly and logically. And then, as time goes on, we will begin to see many things differently than we did before.