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Should a Person Always Think Critically?

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Started: 12/15/2012 Category: Philosophy
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zlnonnemacher91

Con

We are of the belief that it is not in our best interest to always be thinking in a critical manner. [RI] In fact, doing such often can prove not only the lesser option, but detrimental to our daily living. [Q] As William James states in "The Will to Believe": " Are there not somewhere forced options in our speculative questions, and can we always wait with impunity until the coercive evidence shall have arrived?" [S] Whilst it is the better choice to critically assess heavier matters such as our beliefs in time of our leisure, life does not always offer a gracious amount of time in our decision making. [S] Sometimes the better option is to make a decision based on what feels to be the correct choice and deal with the consequences thereafter. [Q]
alexa.maria

Pro

We believe that it is best to always think critically.
[RI] It is best to think critically because without thinking critically you don"t see the real issue of the problem. [S] It helps you to identify with what is the true problem really is and helps you look at the real issue at hand. [S] With thinking critically it helps point out what is fake and what is fact without. [Q] In Charles Sanders Peirce"s essay "The Fixation of Belief" he talks about the a priori method which he believes is where "we arrive at our believes by the a priori method when we decide what to believe based on what seems true to us, apart from observation and experience." [S] With this method one must examine the problem at hand.
Debate Round No. 1
zlnonnemacher91

Con

If we follow the rules of Charles Sanders Peirce"s essay "The Fixation of Belief", we would not need to critically examine an argument to find out what the real issue is. We can come to a conclusion to what the task or meaning of a problem is based off personal belief [S]. We do not need to think critically to find out "what seems true to us". In fact, we already know what seems true to us, that is what makes us an individual [S]. And if Charles Sanders states that we can believe "based on what seems true to us" then we can believe that critically thinking does not need to be used to find out the task of a problem [Ri]. Therefore, we do not need to think critically to find out the real issue of the problem because one could believe in not thinking critically to find the issue. [Re]
alexa.maria

Pro

(Ri) If you don't think critically then you won't be able to problem solve. (S) When you think critically you are able to identify other necessary factors that could contribute to trying in trying to solve a problem. (S) It helps not only look at the big picture but let's you fully examine the problem at hand. (S) Thinking critically also helps to understand that we are not always right and that we need to look beyond what we believe in order to come to a conclusion. (Q) For instance when trying to decide whether or not one believes that women should have the right to an abortion a person must put themselves in someone else's shoes and decide well what if a person were raped or they were not ready to take care of a child? (s) One must put aside what they may think of abortions and actually examine what problems could arise if people weren't able to get an abortion. (RE) With critically thinking we are able to evaluate which result works best by examining not only the positives but also the negatives that could come upon coming to a result.
Debate Round No. 2
zlnonnemacher91

Con

There is no dispute that in the examples you provided that critical thinking is essential (I). what we are staying is that all events in life are not like that in nature. (ri) You mentioned the a priori method, which is not a critical thinking method, but how many of the snap judgments we purpose to be necessary are made (q). In the instance of finding yourself in a dark alley with a hooded figure, you use a priori to recognize the situation could be dangerous (s). you do not take the time to assess the nature of the figure; your well-being comes first (q). Also, consider a clutch hitter in a baseball game. (I) He will not assess the evidence behind his ability to make a hit, but rather tell himself he can and proceed. In both extremes, good comes in favor of any supposed irresponsibility in their belief. (ri) Would you state the person in the alley is insensitive to arrive at his belief unjustifiably and save his or her life, or should she take the risk and be "morally responsible? " (s) It's worthwhile to make decisions critically when time allows, but time is at many times not so gracious. (q) Or other times as in the case of the hitter, such thinking proves only a hindrance to ability (s).
alexa.maria

Pro

I believe that your point that when put in a dangerous and vulnerable situation that doesn't allow you to think critically does happen sometimes (I). However, if one were to think critically, as one always should, it is the case that situations (such as the one you gave with the person in an ally) that seem unreasonable and difficult to get out of, wouldn't necessarily happen in the first place (RI). For instance, using your example with the two people in the ally, if the victim in this case would have thought more critically and was more aware of what he/she was doing, the situation wouldn't even be questionable nor existent (s). It is always good to question, have good street smarts and be intellectual about your surroundings/choices you make, rather than be ignorant and put in these types of situations (q).
Debate Round No. 3
zlnonnemacher91

Con

You may be right, there are times that you should think critically; but not all the time. Zach's example of the dark alley gives one neither time to critically think nor any situation similar to that. However, street smarts and knowing your surroundings have nothing to do with thinking critically in spontaneous situations [Ri]. There is no way to avoid spontaneous situations in which we have no time to critically think. For example, you are at the ATM making a withdrawal and someone approaches you with a gun and asks for all your money. You cannot pause a situation to critically think about the situation [S]. In this instance we rely on instinct, learned behaviors and quick decision making skills, as we do in many events in life [Re]. Many circumstances have time constraints which rule out critical thinking as well [S]. Therefore, we cannot critically think all the time, it is inevitably impossible [Ri]. Other examples of when not to critically think include routines. When we wake up in the morning we do not find ourselves critically thinking how to get out of bed nor do we critically think how to brush our teeth; that would be silly [S]. Routines as such do not require critical thinking, as a matter of fact; we rarely need to think at all when performing simple routines since we practice them often [Re]. As one can see, there is a time and place for critical thinking, but it is certain we do not need to critically think when relying on instinct, learned behaviors, quick decision making, and routines [Ri].
alexa.maria

Pro

I agree that when put into certain situations when there is no time to critical think that the only option someone can have is to rely on instinct, like the example you gave about the ATM (I). However, in order for us to even have instinct to do certain things, one must have (at some point) had to of critically thought about what they would need to do in those certain types of situations( Ri). So, it can be arguably said that instincts and spontaneous situations are the off spring of critically thinking because without the knowledge to know what's wrong or right there wouldn't be an instinct there in the first place(S). Also, although when put in a dangerous situation like your example, the person may not be sitting there contemplating what to do, there is still a thinking action taking place whether it be for five seconds or in minutes, without critical thinking there would be know quick decision making because you wouldn't know what to even do(q). Your routine example I feel has no relation because I don't know about you, but when I wake up I do in fact have to critically think in my head my schedule and everything I have to do that day, maybe not brush my teeth, but homework, studying, work etc...(Re).Those aspects can be considered a routine as well so on that point we can agree to disagree(I). Also, learned behaviors are also a root cause from critically thinking and although sometimes they can become a religious every part of your day routine (Ri) in your head you still think what your doing, even if unconsciously... It's still happening (Re) We need to critically think, always because we never know when a certain situation like, for example, the debate we re currently having (s). We absolutely need to critical think in order to get a point across or more so, persuade someone to believe in your ideas (q).This critical thinking all the time also prepares you in important situations, like for example your job environment (Re). If one doesn't critically think all the work ethics needed to be learned/taught, the goals set and how they can be set or even how to get the customer to buy a product, you ll not only become a bad employer but also won't be successful, therefore won't be able to strive and do better for one self (Re). That is why critical thinking should always be in action(I). Also, if one does not critically think (Ri),that person can live in doubt, have insecurities, difficulty with decision making and won't be able to form beliefs and without forming beliefs one can not believe in themselves that they can spontaneously (going back to your example) make quick decision that can be a life or death situation (Re).Doubt is the worst thing a person can have whether it be in yourself or others (q).The person at the ATM may even doubt that the person with the gun won't even shoot and unfortunately people (Re), like the one with the gun, suffer from ever having any thinking at all and with that also comes consequences and not being able to take accountability or see how their actions effect others around them-in the absence of critical thinking (Re). The best example I can find is the one that Clifford posed in his "Ethics of Belief." The example is the about a shipowner who sends out an emigrant-ship to sea, which he quickly thought, well maybe it isn't sea worthy (doubt) but only thought for himself and had no effort to critically think about the consequences that would occur to the ship and the people on board (Ri).So, without critically thinking in this situation, ignorance was instead in place and caused many innocent lives (Re).The worst part of not critically thinking in this situation was that the shipowner will never learn from his mistakes, will always be ignorant and will just think on instinct like how the ship apparently had not had problems in the past, so it should have been fine, but wasn't (s). Unfortunately in this case, he was wrong. It's always good to critically think and be a hundred percent sure of your self rather than think spontaneously, which can not only effect yourself but others around you (q). Agreeing to Clifford in relation to our argument, "He who truly believes that which prompts him to an action has looked upon the action to lust after it, he has committed it already in his heart. If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds, it is stored up for the guidance of the future. It goes to make a part of that aggregate of beliefs which is the link between sensation an action at every moment of our lives, and which is so organized and compacted together that not part of it can be isolated from the rest, gut every new addition modifies the structure of the whole. No real belief, however trifling and fragmentary it may seem, is ever truly insignificant; it prepares us to receive more of it's like, confirms those which resembled before, and weakens others; and so gradually it lays a stealthy train in our inmost thoughts, which may someday explode into overt action, and leave it's stamp upon our character forever." To have doubts and to do things without critically thinking about them in certain situations and decision making, one can be seen has distrusting and not responsible for their actions (q). In order to believe you must think critically (Ri) about what comes with those beliefs, how it shapes your life/ yourself and how your actions will effect your future and the people around you (Re). It is better off to always be a critical thinker, it will allow you to have greater knowledge, better relations and a successful life(q).
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