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Something Every Critical Thinking Student Knows

You learn more by having a respectful, in-depth conversation with someone who thinks opposite of you than by having 10 conversations with people who think like you.
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Confirmation Bias, Idea Polarization And Internet Censorship Vs. The Critical Thinking StudentOve...

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Do Not Let The Non Sequitur Disrupt The Logic Of Your ConversationOverviewHave you ever been talk...

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How To Have A Conversation With Someone Who Is Not A Critical Thinker

Overview
Now that you know more about how to think critically and to recognize illogical information, you should learn how to guide conversation with others, so the conversations are more productive. More productive means, even if the parties disagree, they at least understand the reasoning behind each other's perspective. 
Conversations are not always what they appear to be. To avoid talking past each other requires that someone actively keep it on track. Mindvax suggests you make it your priority to be that person.
In the last three subscriber-only posts, you learned how people are fooled by misinformation that is communicated using arguments which sound convincing, but do not make sense once they are studied for logical meaning. Continuous misinformation turns into an encyclopedia of illogical information, and, before you know it, people get indoctrinated with ideas which never made sense from the start. People can even believe events occurred, which never actually happened.
Your job, as a critical thinking person, is to make the conversations you have meaningful and devoid of misinformation.
What Conversations Are Really Like
With your newfound awareness, you will find many people thinking they are having in-depth conversations when in reality they are talking in bits and pieces. 
Here are a few examples of the types of statements you should question when someone says them to you:
1. "It was Fact-Checked" - When someone tells you that what she said was fact-checked, your response should be, "Did you personally verify what the fact-checker said was accurate? Those who call themselves fact-checkers are as biased as anyone else and are not always telling the whole or the correct story. Therefore, I listen, then do my own research and verification."
2. Sound Bites - Repeating something he/she heard that has no substance, but sounds good, i.e., a catchy phrase. These are geared to get an emotional reaction, not a logical intellectual response.
3. Fallacy - Statements which make no logical sense. Fallacies come in many different forms. 
4. Truncated Statements from Newspapers and Websites - Statements which leave out important information that would change the meaning of what was said.
5. Lack of Data - Statements which have no supporting data to back them up.
6. Fabricated Ideas - Ideas which stem from incorporating misinformation. Even when conveniently called a theory, these are nothing more than an opinion.
7. Responses containing Non Sequiturs - See upcoming subscriber-only post for more on non sequiturs and how to identify and refute them.
You will get better at recognizing these illogical aspects of conversations, so do not be concerned if you cannot right away. When you are confronted with these types of statements, your purpose should be two-fold: 1) point out the statement in question and 2) ask for clarification, supporting data, or an explanation. In any case, do not let it go unchallenged.
Be aware that some people get annoyed upon being questioned, and a conversation could escalate into a shouting match. Mindvax recommends never partake in a shouting match type of discussion, as much is lost with no gain.
Conversation Strategy and Techniques
The most poignant advice Mindvax can give is never return anger or aggression in-kind. If the person you are talking with raises his voice, you should not raise yours. If he gets animated and visibly frustrated, again, you should remain calm and do not return the emotional outbursts. 
Throughout everything, you should be the one to remain civil and courteous. You should never be the one to escalate beyond a normal conversation.
Below are some sage DOs and DON'Ts that help discussions remain civil:
1. Do not tell someone "I do not believe you." Instead, say, "Please explain how that works. I do not see it."
2. Do not say "You are wrong." Create a contrast example, such as "Are you sure about that because...."
3. Do not say "That is nonsense." Provide room for more discussion with curiosity. For example, "I think the opposite, so we may be using different information. Let's try and sort it out by comparing sources."
4. Ignore it when someone calls you pejorative names. Attempt de-escalation by stating, "No need to call each other names. I am just trying to connect the dots accurately." If the person does not calm down, walk away from the conversation and let the person know you would have no problem continuing when the atmosphere is less heated.
An effective overall strategy is never make it personal, and the tone of your voice should remain even and measured. Follow these basic guidelines and you should have plenty of enjoyable, rewarding conversations.
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The Logical Fallacy That Can Easily Fool You Into Believing NonsenseOverviewBefore we begin discu...

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What In The World Is Critical Thinking?
As a student, you might be asking yourself, "What in the world is critical thinking?" This post explains what it is and the importance of critical thinking in your education. If you have a question after reading, leave a comment with your question for the teacher-moderator.
No student we know wants to be reading on a screen for hours. We admit, we do not enjoy that either. Therefore, Mindvax's posts are written to be read in 7 to 10 minutes, while teaching you a key aspect of critical thinking.
What Is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is the analyzing of different pieces of information to arrive at a conclusion about what you are reading, hearing, or seeing. This information involves examining several aspects of communication, such as specific vocabulary, sentence structure, sentence order, punctuation, numerical data, or a picture. 
The goal of critical thinking is to ensure that the conclusion you reach is supported by the various pieces of information when all information is taken as a whole. Your conclusion should also be formulated, so you understand how to best use the information in the future.
A Simple Example
A new student named Joe enrolled in your school, and your friends are talking about him. The conversation is about what kind of pet he has. Several of your friends speak, and this is what you heard:
1. "I know him from my old neighborhood. He does not like cats because he is allergic to cat hair. I think he likes dogs."
2. "I worked with him at the animal shelter two summers ago. He liked dogs."
3. "Dogs are his favorite. I know his sister, and last time I was at their house there were dog pictures everywhere."
From the above comments, what conclusion can you draw about Joe having a pet dog? Let's use critical thinking to figure out what conclusion(s) you can reach.
Step 1: Study the verbs.
In response #1, the operative verb is think
In #2, the verb to take note of is liked.
In #3, the pertinent verb is are.
Step 2: Take note of supporting information and its relevance to Joe having a dog.
In response #1, there is no supporting information. The only factual information about pets is an allergy to cat hair. 
In #2, there also is no supporting information. Liking dogs at the shelter says nothing about having a dog as a pet. 
In #3, there is information that dogs are his favorite. However, your friend never said she ever saw a real dog in the home.
How To Use Critical Thinking
In response #1, the person speaking is giving an opinion, not a known fact. The person thinks Joe likes dogs, but gives no supporting evidence that Joe, in fact, does like dogs. The information about the cat is irrelevant and should be ignored. Nothing in this statement allows the conclusion that Joe has a dog.
In #2, the location is not relevant. Joe liking dogs at the animal shelter is not supporting evidence that he has a dog at home. Therefore, the conclusion of Joe having a dog cannot be reached.
#3 can easily pull you in the wrong direction. The person makes a definitive statement that dogs are Joe's favorite. This, however, is inferring a belief onto Joe. There is no mention of ever seeing an actual dog with Joe. Therefore, to infer dogs are his favorite and he has one because of pictures in his house would not be correct.
The Answer After Critical Thinking
The answer is you cannot draw any conclusions about Joe having a pet dog. There is not enough information in the comments made by your friends.
Without critical thinking, you could be fooled into thinking Joe has a dog given what everyone said about him and dogs. It sure does sound as if he would have a dog, but it would be incorrect to assume this from what your friends said.
Imagine the number of people hearing the above conversation who would then tell others about Joe and his dog. However, using your critical thinking skills, you would not be one of those people.
How Misinformation Begins
Joe is a simple example because you did critical thinking. However, what about the scenario where someone reads an article about Joe and does not do critical thinking?
An erroneous conclusion about Joe having a pet dog could be easily assumed from the article. After all, the article indicates Joe really like dogs. Then, before anyone realizes it, the wrong information is spread and considered true. This is how misinformation begins and becomes part of what people believe.
Why Is Understanding The Above Example Central To Your Education?
You would be amazed at how many times you have been tricked into believing something false solely by the use of certain words which convey the semblance of being factual, when it is only an opinion or an assumption.
Next time you are reading a newspaper article, a textbook, or are watching a video, take special note when you hear/read words and phrases, such as the following: I think; probably; it seems like; she implied; most likely; maybe.
These words/phrases make it sound as if something factual is being stated when the reality is there could be little to no support for the statement, and it is purely an opinion or conjecture on the speaker's part. Most importantly, such information should not be used as the foundation for other major decisions because the information is not confirmed as accurate.
A Recommendation For You
Make an effort this week to identify five statements you read or hear that fit into this category of potential misinformation. 
By doing this exercise, you start yourself on the path to better recognize such statements and towards the larger goal of no longer automatically accepting something that has little to no evidence of actually being accurate/true just because it sounds possible. You will be a lot smarter for it and will be less dependent on misinformation when taking decisions.
Coming Attractions
Our next post will examine an often used logical fallacy that sounds right every time it is used, but it is 100% wrong. We will show you how to spot it, and explain how not to be caught into believing it.
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Mindvax Critical Thinking & Essay Writing eBook on Amazon and Apple Books
Using our propriety critical thinking protocols, Mindvax teaches students how to organize and analyze information and how to structure and complete many types of writing assignments using a critical thinking perspective. Get your copy today!
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The Mindvax System

Mindvax starts with our Critical Thinking & Essay Writing eBook. Using our propriety critical thinking protocols, the eBook teaches students how to organize and analyze information and how to structure and complete many types of writing assignments using a critical thinking perspective. 
Mindvax's critical thinking approach begins here because to protect against indoctrination and propaganda, a student must first learn to be critical of him or herself. One cannot think critically about what others say until you first learn to think critically about what you yourself write, think and speak.
With Mindvax's eBook, students learn a dependable critical thinking system that they can apply when addressing any subject matter.

Mindvax is compatible with all curriculums.

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Mindvax subscriptions take the critical thinking system further with private assignment assistance in how to apply critical thinking to all types of schoolwork assignments, including short answer questions, presentations and other projects.
All subscriptions come with a copy of the Critical Thinking & Essay Writing eBook.

If you wish to purchase the eBook separately, it is available on Amazon and Apple Books.

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The Education Landscape Has Changed

There was once a time when the paramount concern of parents was the physical health of a child. Today, this physical health concern has been joined by an equal concern for highly questionable information which their children are taught in schools and read in the news and on social media.

The Current Education Problem

Much of the information that students are exposed to falls into four categories: 1) logical fallacies promoted as reasoned arguments, 2) opinions stated as objective facts, 3) hypotheses presented as data-supported research, and 4) non-sequiturs linking unrelated issues - in reality, these are all examples of inaccurate information. 
The information conveyed often sounds convincing, but is false in meaning. More importantly, these types of information are not the foundation of a good education. 
If your child cannot distinguish and understand these four categories of misinformation, then your school is failing to properly educate your child.

The Mindvax Solution
A critical thinking system for students to protect themselves from illogical ideas and misinformation. 
Mindvax equips students with the skills to identify information that is wrong, unreasoned, or misleading. Students learn to recognize cognitive dissonance, to disregard faulty information, and to focus on more accurate information. 
Give your child the intellectual gift of being a critical thinking, independent decision taker. Just because many schools have ceased to teach critical thinking does not mean you have to accept that fate. 
Your child's mind deserves the benefit of Mindvax protection. 
The Mindvax Result
Students who are informed decision takers that think for themselves and logically present their ideas. 
The Mindvax Guarantee
Students learn to automatically apply a critical thinking structure to information that is read or heard, to questions asked, and to school assignments.

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