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Thinking Critically, Seventh Edition
John Chaffee et al.
Additional Chapter Activities
Chapter 2: Thinking Critically

  1. Making decisions often involves learning the basic information, or facts, about a certain situation. In a short essay, discuss a circumstance in which you had to make a decision based on facts that you later found out were not accurate. For example, we often make personal decisions based on "facts" we learn second-hand about other people? otherwise known as gossip. If you are having trouble generating ideas for your short essay, you might think of a case in which gossip, which that turned out to be untrue, influenced a decision you made.

  2. A critical thinker is someone who can develop an opinion of his or her own, but will also consider that others may have different?though equally valid?opinions. In other words, it is important to consider multiple perspectives as you generate your own ideas about yourself and about the world you live in. Write a short narrative that describes an important incident in your own life. However, do not write the essay from your point of view. Choose another perspective from which to write the story. Think about how the story will be different from this "other" perspective than if you had written it from your own perspective.


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