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Critical Thinking

If people knew the vital importance of their thinking they would spend less (if any) time watching television, reading newspapers, watching movies - following the programing that's been put in place to keep their minds in place.

Date:   4/29/2015 9:11:04 AM   ( 6 y ) ... viewed 822 times

February 1, 2019 - The Need to Resurrect the Trivium -

by Jon Rappoport -
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We certainly don’t live in an age of reason; far from it. Therefore—the greater need to learn logic. Among other benefits, it centers the thinking process.

In a landscape of controversy, babble, bluster, public relations, covert propaganda, and outright lying, one has a dependable compass.

For instance, understanding the scientific method (hypothesis-prediction-verification) would go a long way toward untangling some of the outrageous claims of science, and separating them from the political agendas they serve.

Beginning in ancient Greece, coming up through the Middle Ages, and into the 19th century, logic was one aspect of education called the Trivium (“the three”): in sequence, a student learned grammar, then logic, then rhetoric.

Except in scattered places, where people have consciously instituted a revival of the Trivium, that integrated method of teaching is gone now.

Instead, in primary and middle schools, we have superficial coasting through many academic subjects, minus the necessary exercises and drills to ensure that students grasp material. In other words, we have imposed ADHD.

Logic isn’t the end-all and be-all of life. It doesn’t define what life is. It’s a tool. You either have it or you don’t. You can use it or you can’t. When you can, you have more power, and whole new vistas, previously unseen, open up to you.

Logic is a tool in your box. When you need to go in and remove it and use it, is it dull or is it sharp?

Finally, studying logic gives a student an appreciation of consequences. For example, a politician announces a high-flying generalization, as a plank of his platform. Two things ought to follow. The student does his best to translate that generality into specific terms which actually mean something. Then he traces what would happen if the plank were, in fact, put into effect; what would the consequences specifically entail? There are always consequences—it’s just that most people never see them or think about them, because they haven’t the foggiest idea about how to flesh them out and map their implications.

Logic: one of the great contributions to civilization, left to die on the vine.

It needs to be resurrected, in full flower.[6]
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April 29, 2015 -

Found this in researching HL Mencken who was quoted at a You Tube video on what really is the matrix. The quote is:

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under[1] is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

Critical thinking is the careful, deliberate determination of whether one should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim and the degree of confidence with which one accepts or rejects it. Critical thinking employs not only logic but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness. Critical thinking requires extensive experience in identifying the extent of one’s own ignorance in a wide variety of subjects (“I thought I knew, but I merely believed.”)[2]

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August 1, 2015 -

In another blog titled "Crossing Social Thresholds"[3] I mention that one of my supporting references will be certain lectures of Rudolf Steiner. The following is quote underscores the need for critical thinking.

"Many present difficulties and much that is chaotic around us in our era, become quite explicable when one knows that the task of our era is to raise that which is instinctive to the plane of consciousness. What is instinctive in us happens to a certain degree by itself, but to achieve a conscious result one must make an inward effort, above all, to begin to think truly with one's whole being. Man tries to avoid this, he does not willingly take a conscious part in the shaping of world conditions. ... when the instinctive nature ... becomes instead an active element, when the intellect does not depend merely on the brain but springs from the whole man, ... it is separated from rationalism and is lifted to the plane of Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition — ..."[4]

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October 15, 2016 -

"Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it."[5]

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Notes:

[1]Fortunately we still have a golden thread that links us to the four-fold Organic Laws wherein the "free inhabitant" status can be found and when held as a self-evident truth - lived!

[2] http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/h-l-mencken-was-right.html

[3] Posted here (at Son of Truth of Self):
http://www.curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2268901

[4]- See more at: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/19181212p01.html#sthash.U6hpJoqP.dpuf

[5] https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/paine/thomas/p147r/chapter3.html

[6] "Logic and non-logic in education": https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/logic-and-non-logic-education/
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logic, education, Trivium, government, Critical thinking, superstitions, taboos, organic laws, programming, HL Mencken, Social, ant-social, Rudolf Steiner, instinctive, consciousness, whole being, intellect, Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition

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