BCOM275 Week 4 DQ 1 - Critical Thinking about Critical Thinking
BCOM275 Week 4 DQ 1 - Critical Thinking about Critical Thinking
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Week 4 D01 Critical Thinking about Critical Thinking Consider the list titled quotIn Depth Critical Thinking The Long Versionquot in Ch1 of Critical Thinking What do you consider to be the most important points Substantiate your answer RESPONSE 1 Consider the list titled In Depth Critical Thinking The Long Version in Ch1 of Critical Thinking What do you consider to be the most important points Substantiate your answer I think all points described are important to the success of successfully delivering the point In addition to that statement I39ve selected four critical points and I39ve put them down in order of which I feel they should be recognized I feel it39s crucial to immediately 39recognize logical flaws in arguments In doing so you can determine the best course of action to gather your data 39select the strongest set of supporting data Once the sender has determined the best rebuttal organize the data in a manner that when it39s delivered it will be understood 39logically and cohesivey organize the argument39 When you39ve successfully identified the argument collected and organized yourdata it can now be delivered 39Present evidence in an order that contributes to a persuasive argument Evaluating and understanding all of the points outlined in Chapter 1 of Critical Thinking it s understood that they are all valuable The important thing to take from these points is without understanding the argument and identifying the logical flaws the receiver doesn t have a direction for rebuttal Gather organize and deliver the critical information Keeping the reply brief yet effective will not only deliver successful points but it will keep the original sender from tuning out the information you re trying to deliver RESPONSE 2 Determining the information that is or is not pertinent is at the top of my list as well as the list provided by the textbook In an argument many things can be brought up but only those that are pertinent to the case should be considered People can fill an argument with seemingly useless facts or opinions that are an attempt to sway the focus away from the main point This is used as a roundabout way to persuade the audience into believing the way they do about the main point without debating the main point A good critical thinker will see this for what it is and continue to stress the main point of the argument without being sidetracked A second important item from the list is correctly and precisely using evidence to defend the argument This is basically the opposite of the previous example When the evidence is correctly and precisely used then the audience does not need to swayed from the main point because the evidence will prove the point If in a court case the side who uses the evidence correctly and precisely will win versus the side who sways the jury with information that is seemingly not pertinent RESPONSE 3 l have always thought that determining what information is or is not pertinent is not only important but a true talent It is not something you can just be born with but it comes with not only life experience but job experience I can think of numerous times where the speaker got off track or just totally off the reservation and I lean over to a co worker or think to myself where did heshe come up with that or why are we going off on this tangent If you are in the position of power to stop what is taking place and redirect the speaker it is always the best It saves not only time but helps the individual giving the brief powerpoint whatever back on track and hopefully not doing it again Another important one is separating fact from opinion I find this a lot with my kids and how immediately they KNOW exactly how something works or quothow it isquot either based on what their friends told them or seeing it on the internet In the workplace it can be even more frustrating because it can pigeonhole the individual right off the bat and almost be like the quotScarlett Letterquot and be branded as someone who doesn39t either do their homework or just wants to put their two cents in regardless if it is either pertinent or true RESPONSE 4 After looking at quotIn Depth Critical Thinking The Long Versionquot in chapter one I decided that the most important points were narrowed down to three out of the many written One 39to separate fact from Opinion39 this is important because when writing a paper it is crucial to know what is fact This is important so that my papers will have either facts for the subject I am writing on or my own personal opinions of the subject I am writing on I do not like to write papers with information from others39 opinions Two 39present his or her own analysis of the data or information39 this is important because this proves that the writer has taken the facts and made their own opinion on the subject It also proves that the writer has thoroughly read the information because they have made their own opinion Three 39articulate the argument and the context for that argument39 this is important because without an articulated argument the writer will not get their point across in the right manner The readers will not take the argument seriously if the paper is out of context for the specific argument RESPONSE 5 All of the points listed in the quotIn Depth Critical Thinking the Long Versionquot are linked in one way or another creating a link and providing a major piece of the pie But with that being said I will start with the second most important point which is being able to quotdetermine what information is or is not pertinantquot You cannot substantiate any arguement with information that does not pertain to the topic at hand or by using quotfillerquot information Many times people provide an arguement with a lot of extra information in order to make themselves seem important or to cloud the actual facts of a weaker arguement If one cannot sift through a barrage of facts and find the information that is actually releveant to the arguement being made than judgement can actually be swayed or mislead or information will be misunderstood The most important point that I think is easily the most overlooked is having the ability to quotrecognize that a problem may have no clear answer or single solution39 There are many different situations that can arise where the answer is not specific but can be found with multiple different plans to reach the same outcome For example during the budget debates in 201011 the Congress of the United States could not come to an agreement on which budget to pass causing termoil in the financial sector Both sides Democrats and Republican has their own specific plan to balance the budget cut spending and reduce the deficit so there results were the the same How they got there is what caused the major dispute with both ideas being drastically different This just illustrates that a problem can have 2 paths to the same fountain The reason that this is so important is that when you are critically thinking you have to look at all areas views and so on To do this you must have an open mind that will allow you to find an answer but also find it again and different way If you go into it thinking there is one answer then you may actually find a solution and stop looking when in actuality a tweak in your analysis could have created a possibly better result
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