Lecture 1: SSH 105, Prof Andrew Hunter
Critical Thinking (CT) – > evaluating beliefs (Why do I believe this?)
- Parents told me
- Friends told me
- Teacher told me
Valuing our beliefs -> based on evidence and the weigh on evidence, (The good and the bad)
- not about where your beliefs come from.
- sociology and psychology study why we believe what we believe BUT critical thinking is about which
beliefs are worth having.
- assume a believe is worth because it’s likely true are identified and evaluated
Explanations – Tells you something happened.
Example: Derrick stole money, 3 people saw him do it.
If you compare an explanation to an argument – Example: Derrick stole the money because he needed
to by food.