As readers of this blog know, I am a promoter of critical thinking, teaching critical thinking skills in school, and using critical thinking in making decisions. Along the same lines, I also promote science and science-based thinking, which some would say is part and parcel of thinking critically. I have suggested that you read or follow certain websites, blogs, books, and podcasts, such as those listed below, and will continue to do so.
- Science-Based Medicine
- The Skeptics Society and Skeptic magazine
- The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
- Respectful Insolence
- A List Of Fallacious Arguments
- The Skeptics Dictionary
- The Critical Thinking Community
- How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
One site I follow is Skepchick, which describes itself as: “a group of women (and one deserving guy) who write about science, skepticism, feminism, atheism, secularism, and pseudoscience. With intelligence, curiosity, and occasional snark, the group tackles diverse topics from astronomy to astrology, psychics to psychology.” Skepchick is where I found out about the following.
Critical Thinking animations is a series of 6 cartoons explaining critical thinking in language a middle school or high school student can understand. Each cartoon is about 2 minutes and is outstanding both from an audio-video presentation perspective as well as from a teaching critical thinking perspective. This is a good resource and I hope you will check it out. I think the producers are Australian so some of the language and examples are Australia-based not US-based but this does nothing to detract from the quality and the cartoons are still very easy to understand. As always, I also encourage you to check out the other links.