Features of Critical Thinking Skills:
• Question what you are told or have been encouraged to believe. If
it is false it will not stand up to scrutiny. If it has truth it will pass
scrutiny. All knowledge begins with the practice of questioning.
Questioning is how we come to know and defines the human
species. Questioning is the basis of understanding – It is a natural
thing for humans to do. Thus, be sceptical of what you hear or are
told to believe is true. Being sceptical is not the same as being
• Look for contradictions in the way things work in our society – If
we are progressing then why are there still so many social
problems? If alcohol and tobacco cause more deaths than
marijuana then why are they legal? If we have continued
economic growth why are more people poor?
• Look for contradictions in logic - Examine the ways that people
reason and look for weaknesses in their argument. A bias is not
necessarily a weakness. Generally every argument has a bias to it.
• Understand that social issues have more than one side. That is