Let’s say you have two articles you have to read and answer critical thinking questions over. One is over a topic you are familiar and agree with, and as you read through the article you find evidence that supports your initial gut feeling of the topic. Beware, when we tend to already favor an idea, we become less judgmental and more of a passive reader or thinker, which can lead to the spread of misinformation.
Also keep in mind, that when you’re critically thinking you’ve got to try to remain unbiased, and consider other perspectives of the topic at matter.
The other topic is something you disagree with or maybe have no prior knowledge of. We tend to become more objective and active towards the topic. Being an active reader according to, “Practical Argument”, by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, is participating in the reading process by taking the time to read the entire source and reread it, highlighting and annotating. Again you’ve got to try to be unbiased. Knowledge is power.
Passive and active reading are key elements when critically reading and thinking. With the how the internet is, you can’t really, believe what you always read? You’ve got to think it through, research it, and make sure the sources are credible.
When I think of many of today’s hot topics, and what from I do hear and read, I’ve gained this, sort of gut feeling. Instinct, perhaps. When I am exposed to the topic and have to write over it, I struggle with putting my gut feeling to the side… well until I find a reliable source to back it up. It’s human to go on your gut feeling, intuition, instinct, but just try to keep an open educated mind. Again, knowledge is power. You gotta be able to think and read critically in today’s world.