Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Evaluating the evidence for alternative points of view. Weighing up opposing arguments and evidence fairly. Being able to read between the lines, seeing the surface and identifying false or fair assumptions. Recognising techniques eg false logic and persuasive devices Reflecting on issues in a structured way, bringing logic and insight to bear.
The Importance of Logic and Philosophy
5 Good Reasons to Study Logic
If asked to list the things humans need most in life to survive, most of us would put food, water and shelter at the top. But there is another necessity that is equally important—logical thinking skills. Logical thinking is the process of using reasoning consistently to come to a conclusion. The logical thought process involves taking the important ideas, facts, and conclusions involved in a problem and arranging them in a chain-like progression that takes on a meaning in and of itself. To think logically is to think in steps, or sequentially. It is logical thinking that enables us to understand things that we read about or are shown, and to build on that knowledge without incremental guidance. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages.
The importance of critical thinking
Research anxiety seems to be taking an increasingly dominant role in the world of academic research. The pressure to publish or perish can warp your focus into thinking that the only good research is publishable research! Today, your role as the researcher appears to take a back seat to the perceived value of the topic and the extent to which the results of the study will be cited around the world.
Critical thinking is a core academic skill that teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students to question or reflect on their own knowledge and information presented to them. This skill is essential for students working on assignments and performing research. A successful critical thinker questions perceived knowledge, rejects anecdotal or non-scientific evidence and examines the source of all information.