Critical Thinking by some is thought to be as important as or more important than most material or physical items such as money, homes or automobiles. Without critical thinking various ideas to make money or in this example automobile, one would not have these items. So what is more important than critical thinking, one thing might come to mind. Oxygen is probably the one most important thing that our brain needs to survive; this would be an example of something that may be more important than critical thinking. In this paper you will find what I consider to be critical thinking. I will give examples of critical thinking and how it affects the decisions I make in my daily routines (Thinking 2007).
First let's take a look at what critical thinking is from a psychological view point. Our brain first must comprehend information before one can conceptualize or evaluate observations presented to us.
In the simplest form critical thinking can be as minute as deciding to put another log on the fire or not because you intend to retire for the evening in the next 10 minutes. One must remember that at all levels out brain is collecting information to use and evaluate for our next actions.
One definition of critical thinking can be found to include the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion (dictionary.com, 2007). Another definition of Critical Thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication as a guide to belief and action (drugstrategy.com, 2007). Critical Thinking involves the research of a structure or the elements of thoughts one will find in all reasoning: purpose,