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Everything I Know About Critical Thinking, I Learned in High School Debate Club

Everything I Know About Critical Thinking, I Learned in High School Debate Club | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Okay, not everything, but participating in my high school debate team certainly helped me develop, practice, and refine my critical thinking skills.
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An interesting discussion answering a challenge that the debate process has "misconceptions."  Very interesting because of how this relates to considering "right/wrong" -- (Edward de Bono criticizes the limitations of debate) -- the collaboration argument of searching for common ground -- not "who wins," etc.  Good view of the issues.

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Beyond the Far Cliffs - Thinking Clearly

Beyond the Far Cliffs - Thinking Clearly | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

"All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work."   (Thomas Watson, IBM)

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The items on this topic are related to thinking and information on brain research.  The items posted are frequently directly related to one of my most popular management training programs -- Thinking Clearly and Analytically.  

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Can YOU solve these word riddles?

Can YOU solve these word riddles? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Playbuzz has devised a list of infuriating word riddles, otherwise known as dingbats, to put your logistical knowledge to the test.
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A major part of my training programs on "Thinking Clearly and Analytically" is teaching specific techniques for solving puzzles like this.  Logical thinking is a skill to be learned!

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When It Comes To Your Career, Is Making Assumptions Good Or Bad?

When It Comes To Your Career, Is Making Assumptions Good Or Bad? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Some people caution that one should never make assumptions. When it comes to your career, is making assumptions good or bad?
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4 Secrets to Keeping Your Employees Motivated, According to a Duke Behavioral Economist

4 Secrets to Keeping Your Employees Motivated, According to a Duke Behavioral Economist | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Some of the key lessons from Dan Ariely's new book, 'Payoff.'
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According to this post, there's some "hidden logic" to our thinking.  That's always interesting.

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What If You Ran Your Business Like Westworld? 

What If You Ran Your Business Like Westworld?  | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
One of the things I’ve most enjoyed while watching this first season of Westworld is trying to figure out which tech CEO Ford is most like. Is it Elon Musk with his big dreams and even bigger ambition? Or is it Jeff Bezos with his need for ever-increasing excellence and high pressure, no-regrets management style? Is Ford inspired by all of our worst tech leaders and a few of our best ones? His character seems to be a collage of famous quirks, Hannibal Lecter eyes, and byzantine logic trees.
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What is critical thinking? And do universities really teach it?

What is critical thinking? And do universities really teach it? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Being a good critical thinker is a desirable and highly-sought after trait for getting a job in today's economy. But are universities actually teaching this skill effectively?
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Why it's OK to switch degrees after starting university

Why it's OK to switch degrees after starting university | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Having a degree will always be beneficial. It proves to employers that you have determination and transferable skills, for example, the ability to make decisions effectively, lead a team and think logically and analytically - all of which are highly valued.
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Introvert Versus Extrovert Careers

Introvert Versus Extrovert Careers | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Everyone should be aware of their strengths, their interests, and their personality. Here are the differences between introvert versus extrovert careers.
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This is an article I wrote for Work It Daily --but it clearly discusses some important things about understanding thinking skills.

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The Handicap of Home Run Thinking

The Handicap of Home Run Thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Your #1 problem is #1 for a good reason: it is a !%&#. It will take a lot more than setting goals to change that.
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Asking Questions

Asking Questions | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
“ Why is asking questions such an important part of life? We simply cannot make clear distinctions without the use of questions! No distinctions! No decisions! No actions! No wonder questions are such a powerful force. Without questions, we would not could not take any action! ”

 
~Bobb Biehl
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The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games

The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
If you repeat a specific mental task—say, memorizing a string of numbers—you’ll obviously get better at it. But what if your recollection improved more generally? What if, by spending a few minutes a day on that simple task, you could also become better at remembering phone numbers, or recalling facts ahead of an exam, or bringing faces to mind?

This is the seductive logic of the brain-training industry.
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The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence

The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
One is raw cognitive horsepower. The other is the propensity for reflective thought.
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Which One Doesn't Belong? 

Which One Doesn't Belong?  | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
This is Which One Doesn't Belong?, a website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn't belong. Enjoy!

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basil60's curator insight, August 21, 2016 4:40 PM
Problem solving is at the heart of 21st Century Learning and Computational thinking. These will will be great examples for kids to work through. The fact there may not be a definitive answer adds to their power - thinking outside the box.
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Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Research spanning several cognitive science disciplines shows a strong connection between early spatial reasoning training and future academic success.
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6 Powerful Characteristics of Great Critical Thinkers

6 Powerful Characteristics of Great Critical Thinkers | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
We spend so much time discussing what critical thinking is and how to do it that we often overlook an important conversation: what skills do good critical
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An older but solid piece of information on thinking clearly!

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Dynamic duo: Big data and design thinking

Dynamic duo: Big data and design thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
See why organizations worldwide are realizing the magic of combining big data with design thinking to generate value for powerful business use cases.
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Never assume when selling

Never assume when selling | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
"Never Assume (ASS-U-ME) because when you do you make an A?? of U and ME.
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Assumption are necessary!  And the "ASS out of U and M" is a inaccurate assessment.  But this article does conclude that it is possible to make positive assumptions.

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Critical thinking: what is it? And why does it matter?

Critical thinking: what is it? And why does it matter? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Martin Davies explores the concept of critical thinking, and whether universities are doing enough to teach it.
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What Is True? What Is Real? And Does It Matter In a Data-Driven World?

What Is True? What Is Real? And Does It Matter In a Data-Driven World? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
EST: 10:00 a.m. | PST: 7:00 a.m. | GMT: 15:00 We are obsessed with data-driven business. Is that really, truly desirable? Is
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How to Beat Procrastination

The problem is our brains are programmed to procrastinate. In general, we all tend to struggle with tasks that promise future upside in return for efforts we take now. That’s because it’s easier for our brains to process concrete rather than abstract things, and the immediate hassle is very tangible compared with those unknowable, uncertain future benefits. So the short-term effort easily dominates the long-term upside in our minds—an example of something that behavioral scientists call present bias.
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Easy meals to boost memory and why sex is better for you than sudoku

Easy meals to boost memory and why sex is better for you than sudoku | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The best non-food sources of nourishment for your brain are good sleep, regular exercise . . . and great sex.
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The "sex is better than sodoku" segment is way down the article after some recipes.  But it's worth finding because it's an interesting argument.

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Logic Model Canvas: Building Strategic Alignment 

Logic Model Canvas: Building Strategic Alignment  | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Logic Models are used by leadership teams to build awareness, commitment, and investment in the organization’s strategic initiatives, goals, and values.
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The Future of Design According to 7 Web Visionaries

The Future of Design According to 7 Web Visionaries | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Over the last decade the very nature of the Internet has changed dramatically. It is hard to imagine a sphere of life that does not depend on it and like th
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EvaluAction

EvaluAction | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Use CDC’s EvaluACTION to develop a customized evaluation plan and logic model.
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Good Presentations Need to Make People Uncomfortable

Being persuasive starts with cognitive dissonance.
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10 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Refuse to Think

10 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Refuse to Think | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

Pay attention to what comes out of your mouth. The language you use affects how you experience your world, and how others experience you. Inevitably, things get "lost in translation."

 

If you're familiar with cognitive distortion or cognitive bias, these psychology terms teach us that there are subtle ways that our mind can convince us of something that isn't really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions, thus holding us back.

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 21, 2016 6:49 PM

Believing these negative thoughts can become a self-fulfilling prophecy you want no part of, trust me.

Alex's curator insight, August 22, 2016 3:29 AM
So important, not only in business. Don't let anyone bring you down- simple as that.