Foundation for Critical Thinking

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The authors of this scientific study developed five short videos that inoculate people against manipulation techniques commonly used in misinformation: emotionally manipulative language, incoherence, false dichotomies, scapegoating, and ad hominem attacks. In seven preregistered studies, i.e., six randomized controlled studies (n = 6464) and an ecologically valid field study on YouTube (n = 22,632), we find that these videos improve manipulation technique recognition, boost confidence in spotting these techniques, increase people’s ability to discern trustworthy from untrustworthy content, and improve the quality of their sharing decisions. These effects are robust across the political spectrum and a wide variety of covariates. We show that psychological inoculation campaigns on social media are effective at improving misinformation resilience at scale. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abo6254?fbclid=IwAR3qAfj4USmst3Nv1sjeeAIGSj0KamkeFJpEQpqjKhoU4ULM5l12Gejd1z8
Dear all,
I am working on a 7 week intensive programme on CT. What do you think of the structuring questions in my weekly programme? Feedback is welcomed!
I'm pretty happy this foundation exists! Thinking is hard work, which is why most people don't do it. I am so grateful that you identify what critical thinking is! Most people that I run into use the term critical thinking but couldn't define the term. Thank you for your work!
I teach honors-level English Language and Literature classes at a California high school. I've been trying to explicitly incorporate the Foundation's critical thinking concepts into the curriculum this year and would love to hear people's ideas about how to do that.

Today I created a feedback sheet for students to use for peer feedback on their writing based on the nine intellectual standards. Students read each other's work, then give feedback on the sheet. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KG6ZF494jgKhv8QNePUsE7IUVKJro6pVeCNFj7L7KUY/edit?usp=sharing
New! "Critical Thinking: What is it to be a Critical Thinker?" by Carolina Flores at 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology:
According to Foundation for Critical Thinking, only 1 of 10 educators teach critical thinking skills. Read Colin Seale's piece in Education Post about the three strategies for unlocking the potential of every student. https://bit.ly/2QKQqFu
Does anyone know who is working on getting U.S. ( or CA) legislation passed to have Critical Thinking mandated teaching in public schools ? I know Critical Thinking courses (perhaps various other terms are used) are making their way into classrooms around the US: but I have no idea what the prevalence is .
“One of our obligations is to develop leaders,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). In our efforts to further develop leaders we teamed up with the Foundation for Critical Thinking to grow our team.

Read the enitre story at: https://ustranscom.mil/cmd/panewsreader.cfm?ID=E597C7C6-EFAC-BF0D-F707AA878522C382&yr=2021

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Welcome Foundation for Critical Thinking to the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce!

For 40 years the foundation has been working towards the advancement of critical societies. An organization that seeks to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-mind critical thinking.

They are located at 1200 W. Walnut St., Ste. 3112 in Rogers.

More: http://www.criticalthinking.org/
Alright. No one will read or comment on this. But it needs to be out there to think about. Now more than ever.
I have just published a book on critical thinking and legal education: How to Teach Lawyers, Judges, and Law Students Critical Thinking: Millions Saw the Apple Fall, but Newton asked Why (2020).
How do YOU describe the Critical Thinking 'Point of View' Concept?

We seek to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking.

[Critical thinking is a] desire to seek, patience to doubt, fondness to meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to consider, carefulness to dispose and set in order; and hatred for every kind of imposture.~ Francis Bacon (1605) The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique and the Foundation for Critical Thinking — two sister educational non-profit organizations — work closely together to promote educational reform.

12/06/2022

Sign Up for Accredited Online Courses in Critical Thinking
Registration for Spring 2023 Semester Open Now! https://lnkd.in/e_YQt9c

All course participants receive complimentary semester-long access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online!
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Courses also count toward certification in our approach.
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Course Offerings
(Accredited Online Courses)

CT700 - How to Infuse Critical Thinking Into Instruction:
For instructors interested in developing their understanding of critical thinking and their ability to bring it into the foundation of instruction. This course is for teachers and faculty actively teaching during the semester. Academic credit is also available through Sonoma State University.

CT800 - Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life: This course, as a whole, will introduce you to the tools of mind that will help you reason well through the problems and issues you face - whether in the classroom, in your personal life, or in your professional life. If you take these ideas seriously, and practice using them, you can take command of the thinking that ultimately will command the quality of your life.

CT701 - How to Infuse Critical Thinking Into Instruction, Part II - Advanced Course: This course builds upon understandings learned in CT700. Hence, CT700 is a prerequisite for this course. Our approach to critical thinking is designed to transform teaching and learning at all levels; it is based on the concepts and principles embedded in a substantive conception of critical thinking. The purpose of the course is to help instructors continue to internalize the intellectual tools they need if they are to foster intellectual skills, abilities, and characteristics in student thought.

Foundation for Critical Thinking
An Honest Attempt at Critical Thinking
Power of positive thinking
Linda Elder
Gerald Nosich

11/30/2022

Free Webinar Tonight!
November 30, 2022 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. PST)
"How Sociocentricity, or Groupthink, Pervades Human Societies"
with International Authority on Critical Thinking - Dr. Linda Elder

Open to All!
No Membership Required

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Webinar Description
Living a human life entails membership in a variety of human groups. These groups typically include one’s nation, culture, profession, religion, family, and peer group. We begin participating in at least some of these groups before we are even aware of ourselves as living beings, and throughout life we find ourselves in groups in nearly every setting in which we function as persons.

Every group to which we belong has some social definition of itself, as well as some oft-unspoken “rules” that guide the behavior of its members. In other words, each group to which we belong imposes some level of conformity on us as a condition of acceptance. This includes sets of beliefs, sets of acceptable behaviors, and sets of taboos that entail consequences (social or otherwise) when broken.

For most people, conformity to group restrictions is largely automatic and unreflective. Most conform with minimal effort, without even recognizing they are doing so. They internalize group norms and beliefs, take on group identities, and act as they are expected to act with little or no sense that what they are doing might be reasonably questioned. They function within social groups as unreflective participants in a range of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are analogous – at least in the structures to which they conform – to those of urban street gangs. Conformity of thought and behavior is the rule in humans, with independence the rare exception. And for those who do push back against group norms, the penalties can be severe.

This webinar will focus on how sociocentric thinking reinforces itself among humans, how it stands as a barrier to the development of fairminded critical societies, and how we can recognize and intervene in our own sociocentric tendencies.

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This subscription community offers the world's largest digital library of critical thinking resources, webinars and study groups, activities, & much more!

For 42 years, the Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking have been working toward the advancement of critical societies. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking – thinking which embodies intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity, and intellectual responsibility.


Foundation for Critical Thinking
Power of positive thinking
An Honest Attempt at Critical Thinking

11/30/2022

From the Blog of Dr. Linda Elder (Nov 28, 2022)
Critical Societies: Thoughts from the Past that Can Transform You
Critical societies are rarely the topic of discussion, in any part of human life. Where are you encouraged and invited to open your mind to alternative (especially unconventional) ways of thinking? Where are safe places for exploring ideas that may seem threatening to the status quo? How do you engage in reasonable dialogue that helps you see things from multiple perspectives and better reason through complexities in issues? How do you find the most enlightened viewpoints on how to live as a cultivated, educated, emotionally-well person in a highly complex, frequently pathological world? How do you help students or employees broaden their thinking, so they actively work to embody intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy, intellectual courage, intellectual empathy, intellectual integrity, confidence in reason and fairmindedness?
These questions help us imagine what it might look like to live in fairminded critical societies. As we ponder the many things we can appreciate at this time of year, and at all times of the year, let us acknowledge and study the contributions that have come to us through history from thinkers who have contributed to our understanding of the human mind, of critical thinking, and of what is entailed in critical societies. Here are some of these thoughts from the past which, taken together with our other knowledge of human thinking, can help us see what fairminded critical societies might look like:
https://lnkd.in/eG9FWkMi
We are of course a very long way from realizing fairminded critical societies. In many ways we humans seem to be moving further away from reasonability. But humans have never embraced a rich conception of ethical critical thinking for all of society. Ethics has characteristically been pushed aside by selfish and vest interest. Where critical thinking is used in human life, it is frequently used in sophistic, or manipulative ways. Consequences of this can be seen throughout human life and throughout human treatment of other species and the planet.
As you read through the excerpts at the link above, ask yourself how you can better employ the ideas you are reading to help transform you into the person you want to become.
What is your contribution to fairminded critical societies? What will be your contribution?



Foundation for Critical Thinking
An Honest Attempt at Critical Thinking
Power of positive thinking

11/28/2022

(Letter from Dr. Linda Elder)

Dear Colleagues and Friends in Critical Thinking,

As we approach 2023, I ask that you consider us in your end-of-year charity giving. As the world's longest-running non-profit organization dedicated the advancement and realization of fairminded critical thinking, we have survived 42 years with no major benefactors, & with almost no grant funding. Our scholarship is unfettered by outside influences from business, government, or monied interests But now we need your help to continue our work

Donate Today!
https://www.criticalthinking.org/donate.php

The Foundation for Critical Thinking was founded on the understanding that most major problems in modern human societies result from preventable failures in human reasoning. Today, this is clearer than ever: all major, near-term threats to human survival are a direct function of erroneous human action and the faulty thinking that underlies it. Nuclear proliferation, accumulating greenhouse gasses, destructive manipulation through mass media (including social media), breakdowns in democracy, and other human-caused dangers have demonstrated what happens when poor reasoning rules the day. Disciplined freedom of speech and freedom of thought are rarely encouraged anywhere in schooling or society

Yet, there are glimmers of hope: we realize many of you have used what you've gleaned from our learning opportunities & resources to start important local and regional projects in service of a more enlightened and sustainable future. Environmental, educational, and social initiatives are springing up rapidly, as our global critical thinking movement continues to evolve from an ambitious goal to a real force for change. To all of you who have used these concepts and tools to make a difference- whether at home, at work, in the classroom, in your community, or anywhere else that quality reasoning can make a difference – we applaud your efforts and achievements. Human societies can only thrive when fairminded critical thinking is valued by the majority of people

If fairminded critical thinking has made a difference in your life, work, teaching, or learning, we hope you will consider a year-end contribution to our efforts. Your donations make many things possible, including:

Scholarships for students, educators, and others to study with us and help advance our mission

Donations of learning materials to prisoners interested in developing their sense of reasoning and ethics

The continuation of our work in a state of complete intellectual independence, with no outside influence from large corporations or other entities which often lack interest in the development of critical thinkers & fairminded critical societies

Our ability to reach across education and society with the tools of critical thinking as vehicles for cultivating the intellect and improving life conditions

Complimentary learning opportunities for the public, such as our
open webinars
https://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/webinar-workshops-community-online/1381

We thank all of you who choose to make a contribution this season, big or small https://www.criticalthinking.org/donate.php

Your gifts matter more than you know

Respectfully,
Dr. Linda Elder
Educational Psychologist
President & Senior Fellow
www.criticalthinking.org



Foundation for Critical Thinking
An Honest Attempt at Critical Thinking
Power of positive thinking

11/28/2022

Please Consider Us Tomorrow on Giving Tuesday
The Foundation for Critical Thinking is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Donate Here Now - https://www.criticalthinking.org/donate.php

It is no secret that critical thinking is now at risk, due to political, economic and social forces. Help us continue to push for a more fair, more just, more reasonable world.

As we approach 2023, we ask that you consider us in your end-of-year charity giving. As the world's longest-running non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and realization of fairminded critical thinking, we have survived 42 years with no major benefactors, and with almost no grant funding. Our scholarship is unfettered by outside influences from business, government, or other monied interests, but we need your help to continue our work.

Donate Here Now - https://www.criticalthinking.org/donate.php

The Foundation for Critical Thinking
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For 42 years, the Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking have been working toward the advancement of critical societies. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking – thinking which embodies intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity, and intellectual responsibility.

Our non-profit is the world's oldest think tank dedicated to critical thinking. Our mission is to foster fairminded critical societies that value ethical rationality, open inquiry, and freedom of expression.

With respect to critical thinking, we have: founded the first-ever annual world conference on the subject (now beyond its 40th year); authored dozens of scholarly publications and hundreds of articles; conducted landmark research at all levels of education; and shipped millions of desk copies of our books and guides. These are mere examples of the scope of our work.

Historically, we have been funded by our own operations and through donations from the public. Although revenue shortfalls have forced us to allow advertising on our website, we allow no external influences on our scholarly work and mission. We have never and will never modify our work for the sake of “advertising friendliness” or other financial considerations. Your contributions to the Foundation for Critical Thinking support the following:

Scholarships for students, educators, and others to study with us and help advance our mission.
Outreach to educators, and to others who are in positions to promote critical thinking within their respective spheres of influence.
Expansion of learning opportunities and content in the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online, which is the world’s largest repository of critical thinking content and interactive exercises.
Complimentary learning opportunities for the public, such as our open webinars.
Educational resources for prisoners who cannot otherwise afford them.
Our intellectual independence has never been, and will never be, for sale. We thank everyone who, through charitable contributions, make possible this movement toward fairminded critical societies.

Foundation for Critical Thinking | PO Box 31080, Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Foundation for Critical Thinking
Power of positive thinking
An Honest Attempt at Critical Thinking

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The work of the Foundation is to integrate the Center's research and theoretical developments, and to create events and resources designed to help educators improve their instruction. Materials developed through the Foundation for Critical Thinking include books, thinker's guides, videos, and other teaching and learning resources. The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking sponsor an annual International Critical Thinking Conference, as well as advanced academies and international academies in Europe.

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