Critical Thinking Application

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Critical thinking to my understanding is a process of thinking, which gives your decision making process the tools needed to reach at the best decision possible in any situation that one encounters in the daily living. Critical thinking is also the way you think about your thinking in order to improve your chances of making the best impartial decision, insuring that bad thinking habits or other biases does not interfere with your decisions.

According to Scriven, M and Paul, R. (2006) of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, 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. According to the same source Critical Thinking is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.

It entails the examination of those structures or elements of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or question-at-issue, assumptions, concepts, empirical grounding; reasoning leading to conclusions, implications and consequences, objections from alternative viewpoints, and frame of reference. A good personal example of making a decision using critical thinking was when I was in the military during the invasion of panama. As the senior logistic person for the battalion, I was given the order to quickly and safely take a truck full of ammunitions to re-supply the soldiers of my battalion that were fighting inside the city. The first attempt to take ammunition to the city failed as the convoy was ambushed and forced to retreat. I was under a lot of pressure from the outside and inside of me, I knew that my life and the life of those under my...