Of course every election season has me asking the above question, especially this one, but that is not why I am asking.
Several years ago I was asked to teach Critical Thinking at my college and I agreed to do so. The textbook I was given looks at the subject from a philosophical standpoint. It starts with “What is an argument” and includes things like Venn Diagrams, Truth Tables and several chapters on formal and informal logical fallacies.
The book touches on (very obliquely) Bayesian and other statistical reasoning which I expand on quite a bit. It also touches (very obliquely, again) on some of the modern work in cognitive biases, which, again, I do expand on.
My question to all of you is: Is there other areas of Critical Thinking that you feel are important?
What have been your most important lessons in Critical Thinking?
What do you wish you knew about Critical Thinking?
Any and all responses would be most helpful to me and my students!