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Critical Thinking

Why is it so difficult to define the first principles of critical thinking?

Influences

My beliefs

  • When assigning responsibility for life outcomes, there are two poles: one being a high-agency stance that treats individual freedom and responsbility as absolute, and the other a low-agency stance that treats choices as constrained so much by social structures that responsibility is best placed on the system as a whole. I think it's necessary to carry both of these positions simultaneously or else injustices will increase over time.
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  • Most questions have no answer (but asking them and talking about them anyway is often entertaining).
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  • I subscribe to Hume's Fork, which claims that there are two kinds of knowledge: matters of fact, and relations of ideas. Matters of fact aren’t accessible to us—we can never know something for certain, only that it hasn't been proven wrong yet. We can only create a self-referencing network of ideas that are related to each other. '2 + 2 = 4' and 'My name is Buster' are both conclusively true if we agree to the definitions and relations between each word and symbol.
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  • Logic is a helpful tool, but has flaws and if relied on too heavily it can cause more problems than it solves.
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  • Even if absolute truth about matters of fact aren't accessible to us, it's still possible to get closer to it. Especially in the context of making better predictions on limited data.
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  • The human brain (in its current state of evolution) can't comprehend the universe.
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In the pile

The Green New Deal is a 1-Pager for America

It's meant to spark a conversation, so let's talk about it!
Added to the Dialogue, Critical Thinking, and Policy piles.
Part of the Fruitful project.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

A form of cognitive behavioral therapy that acknowledges the problems our reactions create.
From Wikipedia.
Added to the Critical Thinking pile.

Hume's Fork

There are only two kinds of information: matters of fact and relations of ideas.
From Wikipedia.
Added to the Critical Thinking pile.

Smarter than smart

There are 2 ways to be smart.
Added to the Critical Thinking pile.

If I lived 100 times

Predicting the year of my death.
Added to the Death and Critical Thinking piles.

A/B fit

Quality doesn’t exist as a stand-alone attribute. Only fitness does.
Added to the Critical Thinking pile.