Role of Organizing

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Role of Organizing in the Critical Thinking Process


Organizing our thoughts in a logical way can help us think critically, find solutions to problems, and make correct conclusion. Understanding the origins of order, the four natural orders, mental orders, the proper steps in organizing and the methods in which we use these orders make critical thinking and problem solving an easier and more obtainable task.

Role or Organizing in Critical Thinking

As with anything, without order, there would just be chaos. There needs to be order in the universe, in our speech, in presentations, in our homes, as well as most areas in our lives. The same goes for the organization of our thoughts. By taking a closer look at the origins of order, the natural and mental orders, the steps in organizing, and the methods of using orders, one can better understand how to organize their thoughts. As a result, a person's critical thinking skills will improve.

Some philosophers believe that human minds are born with some instinctive abilities. Though this is difficult to prove, it is known that there are specific portions of the brain that store date and where certain processes take place. Kirby and Goodpaster (1999) state "Our brain is prepared to receive and store sensory data, to retrieve that data, and then to process and interpret that data in a higher, symbolic manner of language." By understanding these orders in our mind, we can have a better appreciation of the order of our thoughts. (Kirby, Goodpaster, 1999).

There are four major natural orders. These are topical, analogical, chronological, and causal. Topical order refers to the "natural" place of things in the universe. For example, days and nights correspond with the rotation of the earth, water flows downhill, and the way the moon affects the...