Friday, 9 August 2013

The Russell's Principles of Critical Thinking

Time and again my friends inquire me about how to think critically. How can we do that? Is it complicated? What's the secret? 

My attempts to a long answer usually result in my friends totally losing interest in the subject. Sometimes, they even try to get me in some contradiction.

To answer this question in a simple way, I decided to summarise the requirements in two simple principles, which I name in honor of Bertrand Russel for obvious reasons. Also, for reasons which are obvious for those who watched Karate Kid II, I had to resist the urge to call them the Russel-Miyagi Principles.

Well, here they are:

Do this and you are a critical thinker.