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CRITICAL THINKING FOR ANALYSIS
CREATIVE THINKING FOR SYNTHESIS

Developing Your Own Personal Agenda
For Life In A Complex And Competitive World



This insight has been developed from personal experience.

A professional psychologist, therapist, educator, philosopher or economist who reads this narrative will complain that I am leaving out symbols and concepts which are fundamental and essential to THEIR agenda! The omission is intentional, because the foundation for each of these disciplines is based on university indoctrination into a particular "SCHOOL" OF THOUGHT, in mind-boggling contrast to the stated purpose of university education. Anyway, there we go again, bogged down in an INITIAL ELITIST AGENDA!

If school administrators emphasized honest scientific exploration rather than rote DOGMA indoctrination, the basic skills for CRITICAL THINKING could be learned by most high school students. Otherwise, the individual is handicapped for life, and is unable to progress beyond the limits of "quick and dirty" emotional responses to environmental stresses.

But, if you want some background on traditional philosophy, here are a few Philosophy Links.


This is a simple essay, not a labored technical treatise. Thinking as I mean it here is CRITICAL THINKING, as opposed to basic instinctive EMOTIONAL REACTION for survival. CRITICAL THINKING is far advanced from the rudimentary, reaction-mode coping processes by which children try to adjust to their environment.

Thinking starts with language and counting. Animals communicate by using elementary sign languages. Humans communicate with symbols and verbal language.

University library references show the highest number of objects an animal can count. Predators which can count higher than their intended prey have a distinct survival advantage.

The foundation for critical thinking is the ability to:

... count items,
... assign relative values to individual items,
... determine logical order based on assigned values, and
... set priorities.


I earned most of our family income during my working years by CREATIVE THINKING, under tremendous pressure to solve terribly difficult problems in impossibly short time frames dictated by paper-pushing administrators with no comprehension of the effort involved or the methods used.

This is the commercial employment lifestyle of an INDEPENDENT ANALYST. There is no reliable COOKBOOK for guidance. To survive on the job under this kind of pressure to produce forces one to question reality, rewrite the BOOK, and coordinate with groups while still maintaining independent responsibility.



THINKING AND BEHAVIOR LINKS

A Skeptical Manifesto on Rational Thinking
Rational Skepticism, a Definition
Great Thinkers and Visionaries on the Net
Critical Thinking Community


NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL THINKING

NASA Langley Learning Technologies Project
NASA Langley Learning Technologies K-16 Training


REWARDING HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Self-Esteem - Based On Reality And Accomplishment


INDOCTRINATION SCHOOLS IN TEXAS

Self-Esteem - Based On Blind Acceptance of Indoctrination



LINKS TO OTHER PROBING IDEAS

They Start Controlling Your Mind
... Then you don't trust your own decisions

Don't Shoot The Messenger ... I did not make the world





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