Strong Critical Thinking Skills

If we examine this anecdote a little more carefully, you should be able to understand why.For starters, we don't know where the idea for vitamin C stopping illness even came from.If your aunt is like most people, she will hear this scientifically-valid evidence and still insist that her idea about cold prevention through vitamin C is correct based on her personal experience.Part of critical thinking is demonstrating humility, and many people (in this case, your aunt) have trouble doing this.Maybe she was already developing a cold and that particular day it just happened to manifest itself.

This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.Let's say that these thoughts of skepticism inspired your curiosity.After all, it wouldn't be fair to simply dismiss all new ideas, either.As a result, you looked up articles on the relationship between vitamin C and cold prevention.After reading several reports, you've found that scientific studies on whether vitamin C prevents the common cold have been conducted, and the results have been inconsistent.The overall conclusion found from these studies is that vitamin C is necessary for maintaining overall body function, but cannot be held responsible for preventing people from getting any colds or treating a cold once someone already has one.After your investigative reporting, you decide to show your aunt that her beliefs on vitamin C are erroneous by presenting the results of your research.Any number of possibilities could have happened, and from just this story, we simply do not have enough information.All of this speculation as to the validity of this particular observation is considered skepticism.Why did your aunt decide to take vitamin C rather than vitamin D, or any other vitamin?Also, there was never any indication given that there exists a direct link between not taking vitamin C and developing a cold. However, there could be many other variables involved that have nothing to do with vitamin C.

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  1. Many suggest that Wordsworth is alluding to this social and political chaos when he recalls, “flying from something that he dreads” in line 71 of “Tintern Abbey” (Bromwich 4-7).