Gut Feeling…

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.


2 thoughts on “Gut Feeling…

  1. I’m not the one who thinks like that. That is so true! Everybody gets biased over things, that we sometimes to ignore what the real choice should have been! We are always unsure when it comes to decisions and we pick the one with stuff we like. We just get ourselves bribed. Admittedly, I sometimes do become biased. Especially if I really don’t know what to choose or I can’t seem to understand what both articles are trying to say. We really should be looking at it thoroughly and then we can compare and contrast, find out what is true, and what the articles are really about. We would be making a choice. Sometimes mistakes are caused by carelessness and selfishness.
    Trusting your gut can cause a mistake as well, but sometimes it can be a better choice too. No one can predict the future, however. We can only hope nothing bad happens. All that’s left to do is prepare for it.

  2. My way of thinking is generally different from your blog, for me I usually pick a topic that I agree with because I became more judgmentally and I put more thoughts into what I thought I believed. To be more precise because I picked something I agree with or am familiar with I would want it to the exactly the way I thought of it and if it’s exactly the way I thought is should be that’s when I start doubting and questioning myself. I believe a reader should pick a topic they have knowledge about it gives the reader a chance to compare his or her understanding of that particular subject with another person, collect new information and make sure their reasoning was or is correct, like you said “knowledge is power” you can’t have the knowledge of the unknown.
    In your blog you said that “when you’re critically thinking you’ve got to try to remain unbiased, and consider other perspectives of the topic at matter” I think this assumption is incorrect after all many of today technology and way of life where based on biased thoughts, ford Henry is an example am sure one day he had a thought on how to create a moving car that does not require a horse dragging it around, at that time and age it was impossible basically a biased thought but I believe that that biased thinking got him started on an idea, what to do, and eventually the more questions developed. My grandmother thought me that in other to solve a problem I have to start from step one, even though step one is bent and unrelated to the problem is just a starting point to lead the way to the right answer, I believe that’s how biased thinking works.

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