About

Background to the site

Launched in January 2016, this site was created as an educational tool to help people learn the basics of critical thinking.

What is critical thinking?

Put simply, critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. While there are many definitions, the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as: "the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action."

Why is critical thinking important?

Much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or prejudiced. To improve the quality of our thinking, requires developing our skills in critical thinking. By helping us to see through everyday spin and jargon, critical thinking enables us to ask the necessary questions so as not to be hoodwinked by politicians, the media, advertisers, or supersticious beliefs.

How to use the Site

On the homepage you can find quick links to other sections of the site; Logical fallacies provides a list of the most common logical fallacies with definitions and examples; CT concepts include explanations of useful crticial thinking themes; In resources, you can find links to videos, audio, books and other sites on critical thinking to explore further.