One of the advantages of studying logic and critical thinking is the development of intellectual virtues that can benefit many areas of life. The virtues cultivated include the habits of appreciating other people’s perspectives, arriving at judgments only after fair-minded consideration of the best arguments, aligning your views with the evidence, constructing clear and persuasive reasoning, making decisions that are rationally justified, and developing habits that lead to success.
The discussion this week is designed to assist you in this process of applying critical thinking to daily life. Your instructor will choose the discussion question and post it as the first post in the discussion forum.
In your initial post, address all the elements in the prompt.
One focus of this final week of the course is to think about how critical thinking can improve our lives. To that end, this discussion post allows you to get started by working on some specific thing that you can do to apply critical thinking in your life.
Prepare: Begin by choosing something that you can do that will take about thirty minutes that represents an application of critical thinking to your life. Examples include:
Write a personal mission statement, including a list of your long-term priorities, how can achieve them.
Create a budget or financial plan (for a week, month, year, or life)
Read something about how to improve in a specific area of your life (e.g. a specific relationship, parenting, health, finances, education, etc.)
Make a health plan with the goal of maximal long-term health and well-being.
Look up, research, enroll in, or participate in a specific activity that you feel could improve your life (e.g. a yoga/exercise, an educational course, a service opportunity, therapy, spa appointment, a local gardening class, etc.).
Design a strategy for making more effective decisions in a specific area of your life.
Be creative: Come up with a fun idea that could be actually implemented to make your life better. Make a plan to achieve it!
Write: Share with the class what you did (you do not have to share the specifics, only tell us what you worked on) and whether or not you found it beneficial.
Write another paragraph in which you address some of the following types of questions:
Did you enjoy the exercise? Do you believe that you will actually implement some of the things you wrote in your life? In what ways do you think that doing so might be beneficial? Would there be risks involved in implementing your plan? In what ways can this type of exercise improve your life? In what ways do you think that applied critical thinking can make people’s lives better?
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