Critical Thinking has four key elements:–
Evaluate the information.
Evaluate the conclusions.
CRITICAL THINKING THAT HARNESSES THE FULLNESS OF OUR CIVILIZATION
Western Civilization is a treasure trove of four thousand years of history, whence to draw information and tools of critical thinking and expression. Where tools of thinking are concerned, there is a tendency nowadays to teach the simplified, some might say “slick,” approach of Communication Studies, in place of the august and more rigorous Classical Rhetoric. The former is a product of the thinking of 1920s Madison Avenue advertising; the latter hails from ancient Greece and Rome and was honed across twenty five centuries. Statesman Debate makes use of the best of Communication Studies and Classical Rhetoric.
The Flatiron Building along Madison Avenue,
New York. Circa 1903.
Photo care of the Library of Congress.