instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Thursday, May 10, 2012

An experiment in critical thinking

  1. Watch this video on how critical thinking enables us to challenge our assumptions and biases.
  2. Count the instances in this video of evidence of the producers' assumptions and biases.
  3. Consider who the intended audience for this video might be, and what effect the producers might have intended.

NOTE: I'm not particularly recommending watching the video, just remarking on how calls for "critical thinking" can be undermined by thinking critically.

More generally: A call for a good thing is not necessarily good. For that matter, a call for a good thing may, on further inspection, be a call for something else, which may not be particularly good.