The communities of practice that comprise civil society are heavily influenced by fuzzy thinking. We think that answers to surveys are accurate descriptions of behaviors. We believe cherry-picked heart-moving stories rather than trying to discover the aggregate of all stories. We look to our peers rather than to our outcomes for guidance. We are not alone in this regard – indeed, I suspect we are overall pretty decent critical thinkers compared to many – but most of us could use some work. To that end, I recommend Jeff Cobb’s selection of The 10 Bona Fide Best Sites for Sharpening Your Critical Thinking Skills. He includes descriptions of the Critical Thinking Quiz, the Internet Detective, The Argument Clinic, and seven other excellent sites. Some of these would be really fun staff or board exercises, but even if you just want to brush up on your own skills, I recommend you take a few minutes to browse through these.
Some of these are very useful. Of course, some of them i disagree with but that is critical thinking also. Of course, once you know they often require skewed view on things, it becomes easier.
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