By request, I am creating a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about important concepts in critical thinking. These will all be short, about a minute or so, and will cover one topic each. This second one is about opposing beliefs and the importance of questioning everything.
Here is the transcript for this:
A critical thinker is in a frame of mind of always questioning everything, including things they don’t necessarily want to question.
You may have done some research and satisfied yourself on a position you are sure is right. Good. Now after a month or two of that, go look at some research that opposes your point of view or challenges the position you’ve taken. You can even look into it with the idea of poking holes in their arguments if you want, but it would be better to just have an open mind and read it as though you’d never heard or seen anything on the issue before.
You may be very surprised what you learn and if you are doing this right, you will be.
Always be open to opposing points of view and counter arguments. That’s what critical thinkers do.
And now you know.