How Critical Thinking Can Make You Happier
If the topic of critical thinking is completely new to you, you'll get an excellent introduction in a short guide by Dr. Joe Lau, of the Department of Philosophy in the University of Hong Kong, on his website . The critical thinking guide is just one of one hundred online tutorials on different aspects of thinking skills.
The critical thinking guide is free and available as a PDF. Click on the link to download . This guide is very readable and identifies some of the fundamental concepts and principles of critical thinking.
He cites the "infusion method" by Charoula Angeli and Nicos Valanides from the University of Cyprus. This method is based on the idea that people are more able to learn critical thinking skills when they consider a specific issue.
His definition of critical thinking is “the ability to comprehend the logical connections among ideas, words, phrases, and concepts.”
This statement about critical thinking is particularly insightful. Critical thinking is “A way of thinking about particular things at a particular time; it is not the accumulation of facts and knowledge or something that you can learn once and then use in that form forever, such as the nine times table you learn and use in school.”