Why is Critical Thinking required?

Before joining this class I was very reluctant about joining it. I thought it’s all so boring and unnecessary. Ultimately my friends persuaded me to join and when I attended it on the first day I was like WOW. I enjoyed the classes and I look forward for the next session. Critical thinking has taught us how and where to apply critical thinking. It has given me an insight about why critical thinking is required. Shifting paradigms, learn about different types of biases etc.


Critical thinking for better rational decisions

As per my knowledge, what I understood, Critical thinking is a thinking process involving analysis and keeping in mind the different factors to come up with better decisions. It is also important to know that where to apply Critical thinking and where to not. One of the interesting things was ‘kill your darlings’ where selecting a product which I like and then killing it by researching lot about the negative points and reviews. I also learned about different biases which affects the critical thinking process. Critical thinking is very helpful exercise and it keeps developing every time we apply. Our reasoning also develops and we make more rational decisions.

Through a different lens_Critical Thinking

“If we are not prepared to think for ourselves, and to make the effort to learn how to do this well, we will always be in danger of becoming slaves to the ideas and values of others due to our own ignorance.”
-William Hughes
This quote, in itself, sums up the key take away from the Critical Thinking sessions covered as of yet. The basic idea has been to be aware of our thinking process and to look at things from different lenses and perspectives to arrive at a fair conclusion. To know when and where to apply these skills, rather than looking at each and everything critically is something that needs constant work. Knowing, and at the same time, being conscious of varied types of biases that one possesses, has been an eye-opener and interesting to read about. The activities, discussions, debates and especially murdering our darlings were fun. Looking forward to further sessions.

Critical Thinking

Participating in exercises like identifying our cognitive bias, thinking clearly and rationally, understanding and making logical connections with ideas – would scare me as I believed that they were something beyond the dimensions of my life.
Critical thinking workshop is helping me become Independent and ReflectiveThinker, where I am learning to form my own opinion. I am being open to different points of view, trying to question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them, sort out what’s actually real from what only appears to be real. I am getting to see the impact of my strengths, weaknesses, and preferences on the decisions that I make.
I still consider myself to be a work in progress and aim to develop this skill and live with it.

‘Critic’ + ‘al’ Thinking

‘Critic’ plus ‘al’ constitute ‘Critical’. Now, by way of definition, ‘critic’ seems to have different meanings.
1. As per Merriam Webster dictionary, a critic is someone who professionally analyses, evaluates and then appreciates or depreciates. For example, a literary critic or a film critic.
2. A critic is someone who expresses a reasoned opinion when it involves judgement.
3. A critic is someone who gives harsh and captious judgments.
The suffix ‘al’ means ‘like or relating to’. So, when an adjective is formed from the word ‘critic’ by adding an ‘al’, it means someone who is like a critic and is involved in analysis and evaluation.
So, now the question is – which category do we fit in? Do we follow the criteria followed by professionals even when it comes to making any decisions in our life? Do we analyze and evaluate situations every time? Or is every aspect of our life worth thinking ‘critically’? Are our judgements harsh and biased?
As discussed in our session, we need not ‘dissect’ every aspect of our life. We need to make an informed choice.
One such anecdotal example is using ‘varakh’ (silver leaf) for religious rituals and for sweets (mithai). Until today I was not aware of the process of making varakh. I read 2-3 articles on how it is made and it was a revelation. Quoting from Maneka Gandhi’s article ‘Silver foils are not vegetarian’ – ‘Intestines of animals are made into pouches and silver is beaten in between them till it is thin enough to be sold’.
As I was not convinced, I searched for more articles. I came across one article by Archana Jyoti ‘Govt slogs its guts out for ‘vegetarian’ chandi ka vark’. It was a relief when I read – ‘Welcoming the ban, Shubh Chouksey, Director, Shree Jagannathji Sterling Product’s Pvt Ltd , which is in ‘chandi ka vark’ business, said that they have been already using a purely vegetarian process  to manufacture the item with the help of fully automatic and computerised machines with new technology’.
But then again, I had a question – How will I know the silver leaf I am consuming or which is used for the religious purpose is a factory product?
So, now what? The process of thinking ‘critically’ has just begun for me regarding my religious beliefs. At the same time, I want to ensure that I don’t question each and every belief in my religion. I am okay with following certain aspects of my religion though I may be thought of as ‘conservative’ or ‘illogical’ or ‘impractical’ :))

Think Critically

Critical thinking is the skill which can be developed with practice and experience. Critical thinking leads to research more and find the solution. We should think clearly and logically about an issue and then should come to decision. We should work without bias to keep the fact based solutions.
The class helped me to think critically but not necessary for everything you see or come across. I also experienced that if you ask yourself more questions about a thing, you learn more about that thing.


Can you contradict your own beliefs and opinions ?

When it comes to take a decision, do you even consider the rationality of it ? Do you arrive at the conclusion based on facts ? And reasons ? Are you capable of seeing pros and cons of your decision ? Or opinions or conclusions? If yes, you are a thinker !

Unbiased analysis of facts to form a judgement or decision is critical thinking. It solves complex problems after employing logic and reasoning. Critical Thinking also encourages self-reflection.

We have evolved as human through logical reasoning and better decision makers.. Many development has occurred due to this . If we always agree with the opinions of the group, new development or perspective or better decisions may not happen..

Think Twice(or more)before doing

We have heard the saying “think before you do” since childhood. How it was helpful? Did we ever do that? I don’t think so. But now if I consider so many aspects of life, we do it every day and night. There are many decisions where you apply critical thinking like, financial planning , Family planning, buying a new house, school admissions for your child, choosing a carrier etc;

Thinking about pros and cons in any circumstance is a good example of critical thinking. For example as I am planning to buy a house, The requirement according to the family is 3BHK but in monetary terms only 2BHK is affordable. Now here I need to apply critical thinking as to what is my necessity and what I actually want or afford. A family has to under go many expenses considering health, education, basic needs etc. So prioritizing things is very important, which again require critical thinking.  Most of the times it helps you to take a right decisions.

Beleving is easier than thinking.

“Beliving is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers.” – Bruce Clavert. According to critical thinking depends on three things 1. Individual’s knowledge about it. 2. Situation (people around) and 3. How much time one can invest.

In this fast-moving life, we hardly take a pause and think. We have to take a quick decision and sometimes we are under a lot of pressure to make a decision. We have evolved as humans because we can think critically, but with the facilities and advancements, we have somewhere this skill is kept on the sideline. There are so many opinions available freely, it is difficult to whom to believe.

Nevertheless, we can exercise and that is our right as humans and responsibility we have as global citizens to think independently and critically.


Jay Kosambia

Critical Thinking

‘Parivartan sansaar ka niyam hai’. With each new generation there comes changes in customs and traditions, thoughts, ideas and perspectives but it takes time to understand and accept these changes, specially to the older generation. 

While reflecting on the last sessions, I realized that we have Bollywood as the best facilitator for making masses think critically. When we were discussing different issues there were examples coming up from Bollywood. I think movies create a spark in people that influences them to think and discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

I assume I do think critically most of the time, specially when comes to any investment or monetary decisions, but when it comes to emotions and relationships I tend to give more preference to the relations. 

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