Elements of Thought
Eight basic structures are present in all thinking.
Thinking generates purposes, raises questions, uses information, utilizes concepts, makes inferences, makes assumptions, generates implications, and embodies a point of view.
Whenever we think, we think for a purpose within a point of view based on assumptions leading to implications and
consequences. We use concepts, ideas and theories to interpret data, facts, and experiences
in order to answer questions, solve problems, and resolve issues.
Each of these structures has implications for the others. If you change your purpose orFoundation for Critical Thinking
agenda, you change your questions and problems. If you change your questions and problems, you are forced to seek new information and data. If you collect new information and data…
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Why is it important to analyze my thinking?
How do I use thinking to make sense of the world?
How do I identify and question my thinking?
How do I figure something out?
What are the basic “parts” of thinking (reasoning)?
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