5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos

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Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking. Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems.

Lesson by Samantha Agoos, animation by Nick Hilditch.


45 thoughts on “5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos

  1. Flat earthers adopt this 5 step model quite rigorously. But in step 1, their question is, "How can I confirm my belief that the earth is flat?" … oh and they also disregard step 5 out of hand.

  2. I used to do this without knowing that it was some sort of skill. Like, going to the supermarket for a snack.

    "The red one or the blue one?"

    "Well my mom likes this one more, but the other flavor is new."

    "But I wanna share this with her. This one has more advantages, red one it is."


  3. When a cult that says it has the perfect, complete and unchanged answer to every problem then you should believe your political elites that it means 'peace' and you should submit immediately rather than be an ape, pig, infidel, hater. war mongerer, bigot, racist, scum, someone who should be killed vermin less than dirt.

  4. When you take a shit, use a toilet. Then, wipe your asshole with tissue paper, and place the tissue paper into the toilet. After this, try flushing the shit and the tissue paper down the toilet. You can do this by pressing down on the flushing handle that is located on your toilet.

  5. Nicely presented. Such a shame that it has to be presented in such a way, but critical thinking isn't high on priority in education – speaking for America, at least – because critical thinking makes people far less gullible and manipulable. That's bad for business.

  6. Am I over analyzing things or is there a political bias in this video? "eliminate everything but the most useful and reliable information" pertaining to politics, a letter (email) icon gets eliminated. The white male candidate having a supposedly reckless policy debunked as the protagonist starts to gravitate towards the black female candidate. Lastly at the end a possible negative association thing (perhaps a bit of a leap) with the bad food (hotdog) which she discarded being on the left and the good one (pineapple) being on the right, I wonder if that is supposed to make you subconsciously take that principle and apply it to the ballot bubble where Republican is on the left and Democrat the right.

    Now back to wasting untold hours sliding from video to video.

  7. If you do #2 and #5, that will be beneficial to all.  Too bad the U.S. Congress doesn't see it that way.  Partisan politics makes one blind to critical thinking.

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