Google was named the 2014 best workplace in the world! Of the four key qualities Google seeks in new hires, the first is Cognitive ability, or basic problem solving skills! And Critical Thinking is all about learning problem solving skills!
If we had to think of one core, missing ingredient in the world today, it would be peoples’ inability to think critically; to think logically, fairly and rationally.
This is an optional extra subject that is not a required curriculum subject, but one that we believe is absolutely vital. Here’s why;
Problem solving is just one of the many aspects of critical thinking
Scroll down the page for a few fun examples of what you may find in this course:
There is nothing we do as humans that does not involve our thinking. Our thinking tells us what to believe, what to reject, what is important, what is unimportant, what is true, what is false, who are our friends, who are our enemies, how we should spend our time, what jobs we should pursue, where we should live, who we should marry, how we should parent.
Everything we know, believe, want, fear, and hope for, our thinking tells us.
It follows, then, that the quality of our thinking is the primary determinant of the quality of our lives. It has implications for how we go about doing, literally, everything we do.
Therefore, learning to think at the highest level of quality, or to think critically, is too important to leave to chance. Critical thinking is the disciplined art of ensuring that you use the best thinking you are capable of using in any set of circumstances. Through developed critical capacities, you can take command of the thinking that is commanding you.
Becoming a critical thinker requires that you learn to observe, monitor, analyse, assess, and reconstruct thinking of many sorts in many dimensions of human life. It requires the building of important habits of mind. It has implications for every act that takes place in your mind. It requires a special form of dedication and perseverance, honesty and integrity.
We will try to show you how to use your mind to improve your mind. Many of the ideas we cover can help you take command of the mind that is controlling your thoughts, emotions, desires and behaviour.
Our hope is not in a miracle transformation, but in laying a foundation for your future intellectual and emotional growth. We are merely scratching the surface of deep and complex topics. We do not provide a quick fix, but rather places to begin. When you begin to take your intellectual growth seriously, you begin to see payoffs in every part of your life.
But first, you must wake your mind up. You must begin to understand your mind. You must begin to see when it is causing you problems. You must begin to see when it is causing others problems. You must learn how to trap it when it tries to hide from itself (using one of the many forms of self-deception of which it is naturally skilled). You must discover some of the trash and nonsense you have unknowingly taken in during years of passive absorption – to which all of us are subject. We will help to show you how to begin.
Problem solving is just one of the many aspects of critical thinking
Here are a few fun examples of what you may find in this course:
Answer 1: Footsteps.
Riddle 2: What 8 letter word can have a letter taken away and it still makes a word. Take another letter away and it still makes a word. Keep on doing that until you have one letter left. What is the word?
Answer 2: The word is starting! starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, i.
Answer 3: The letter “m”
Riddle 4: Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
Answer 4: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Answer 5: The same reason seven dollars is more than six. Because there is one more.
Riddle 6: In a certain city, 5% of all the people in town have unlisted phone numbers. If you select 100 names at random from that city's phone directory, how many people selected will have unlisted phone numbers?
Answer 6: None. If their names are in the phone directory, they do not have unlisted phone numbers!
Answer 7: A school.
Answer 8: 1 and 9. 1 & 9 comes first and last respectively in units, tens, hundreds, thousands,…….
Riddle 9: I turn polar bears white and I will make you cry. I make guys have to pee and girls comb their hair. I make celebrities look stupid and normal people look like celebrities. I turn pancakes brown and make your champagne bubble. If you sqeeze me, I'll pop. If you look at me, you'll pop. Can you guess the riddle?
Answer 9: The answer is no. Read the last sentence It says “Can you guess the riddle?” So the answer is no
Answer 10: A reflection
William James, the father of psychology in America, once said, “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” Everything we do involves thinking. Our quality of life depends on the quality of our thinking. But for the most part, very few people are taught how to engage in clear thinking. If our thinking is flawed, it follows that we will experience problems in life. Many of our regrettable actions emerge from faulty reasoning.” Yet very few people really question the quality of their thinking. It is human nature to believe that what we think is right.
“Humans are prejudiced. We stereotype one another. We are often hypocritical.” And we often engage in thinking which justifies behaviour that includes stealing, killing and torture. “In short, we naturally think that our thinking is fully justified.”
Our thinking controls our emotions and our decisions – which of course leads to our circumstances. If you wish to change your circumstances, you must change your way of thinking. Then we are given the basics of critical thinking: Clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance and fairness.
Trying to improve your life without working on the root issue will not yield sustainable results. Students need to strengthen their thinking and writing skills to better learn and retain information, and improve their overall academic performance.
We believe critical thinking is a process for taking charge of and responsibility for one’s thinking. It fosters the development of basic intellectual skills students need to think through content in any class, subject, or discipline, as well as through any problem or issue they face. Simply stated, it offers students the intellectual tools they need for lifelong learning, and rational, conscientious living.
We try to supply the Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life.
This course is designed to help students engage in critical thinking within the discipline or subject matter they are studying. In addition, students will better appreciate the power of the discipline they are studying, see its connections to other fields and to their day-to-day lives, maintain an overview of the field so they can see the parts in terms of the whole, and become active learners, rather than passive recipients of information.
Too much learning at school is based on memorization of facts! Students cram in information and then spit it back out in order to pass an exam, without ever having to think about the content! The typical school is one where students become progressively more passive and bored, where students begin to accept memorization as the way to learn, where they fail to see school as a place where one gains important knowledge one can use in solving life’s problems.
Critical thinking is at once simple and complex. Though there are many layers to critical thinking, and you can always deepen your understanding of it, there are some basic ideas in critical thinking that, if taken seriously, can almost immediately improve the quality of your life. This course is for anyone interested in improving the quality of their lives by improving the quality of their thinking. It fosters the development of basic intellectual skills students need to think through content in any class, subject, or discipline, as well as through any problem or issue they face.
In short, it is INDISPENSABLE!
If you select to buy the course in installments you will pay $100 per 5 levels, and there are a total of 15 levels, totaling $300 payable in advance.
Or you can select to pay the full amount upfront for which you receive the $80 discount! This totals $302 for the full course (all 15 levels)(Full amount $382)
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