Why the “Critical” in Critical Thinking

In an age in which many teens and young adults seem to equate criticism and not getting what they want with disrespect, it should not be surprising that some argue for unconditional positive regard in education and elsewhere. However, criticism is essential to gaining knowledge. I am sure that most people have not thought much […]

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The Polarizing Nature of Skepticism

In the spring of 2009, one of my brainy students caught me in the hallway before class and pleaded, “Would you please give me something to tell these nutty people to calm down?” After a few seconds I realized what she was dealing with and asked, “The Aporkalypse?” Of course we were talking about the […]