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  1. #1 Negative Thinking is NOT Critical Thinking 
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    Negative Thinking is NOT Critical Thinking

    Negative thinking often displays itself in ad hominem attacks. Often a forum has one or more individuals who have grown to think of themselves as the local ‘shaman’; these individuals try all kinds of ways to reject others who they fear will take away some of their ‘power’, so they use all forms of negative attacks to reject that new person.

    I have seen instances of individuals who are very anti-intellectual devise means for rejecting any form of ideas that appear to be intellectual.

    Ideologues are always fighting against other ideologues and they use every means to reject non-conforming ideas. I see that especially in anti-theism ideologues. I had one instance of an individual rejecting the works of Becker because Becker uses the word "faith", such a word was like the appearance of a snake under the bed.

    We are indoctrinated in our ideologies and we are constantly fighting either for ours or against another, this leads to various techniques to throw off any invading new ideas. Also I am convinced that our schools and colleges have made people unconsciously fearful of any serious concepts that have not been introduced to them by a teacher. Self-learning is unconsciously an alien concept.


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    critical thinking requires scepticism

    however, scepticism taken too far is in danger of throwing out the baby with the bath water


    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    "Negative Thinking is NOT Critical Thinking "

    great point too many highschool kids on this forum use negitivity in an attempt to appear intellegent or dismiss something entirely, as was always taught to me right up the ladder, his285, 385, 485, ect. you start critically critiqing something with a complement, otherwise no one will listen to you - (Q)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmaelblues
    you start critically critiqing something with a complement, otherwise no one will listen to you - (Q)
    That depends upon the motivation behind and purpose of your criticism.
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    exactly if your trying to be constructive it is best to be as polite as possible so whomever will get the point through, otherwise...well we've all seen it
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    Negative thinking can be critical but not ballanced. The most thing to observe is the motive behind the thought be it constructive or not. Negative can be identified as both sides of the equation in much the same way as positive. I do see your point though, in terms of hiding ignorance by way of a negative approach. Every ones view is important, it helps to make up the totality of this life death phenomenon. Some take the world as belonging to them, and them alone, where others want to share it and wish each other well. Critical thinking starts with mother father, I mean in the womb of our mother and father. Critical thinking cannot be taught in schools as we know them today. The reason I think, lies in the missing link between mother father, they are the begining of real critical thinking in the fetus. If there is less critical thinking in the world oppression is high.


    The universities have taken control of all the knowledge base of the world. Everyone not going through the school system is locked outside the of society by the barriers of the educated ones, as if knowledge is tied to schools only. Self knowledge is more powerful than any school in any world at any time. Critical thinking is an exersise in the explanation of our worlds to ourselves and not any subject universities can teach. I am aware that the hawks are waiting to devour my statement, however I have me on myside. Lol.
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