“X-treme” CRITICAL THINKING – The SEVEN (7) “C”s

The “thought process” is complicated, but does not unnecessarily so. When are things “simple”? “Complex”?
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Here is the “Xtreme” basic approach towards SOME “RATIONAL” learning, discussion, debate and overall discourse, an attempt to bring some “REASON”, “SENSE” and “SANITY” to a world inhabited by human beings frequently IR-RATIONAL, NON-SENSICAL and IN-SANE”.

In the “tragic” world we live in, “REASON” is LIMITED, “SENSE” is SUBJECTIVE and BIASED and “SANITY” is RELATIVE.

COMPARED to WHAT?

Socrates stated, “The UNexamined life is not worth living”.
Here are some basic “rules” for “examination” as we use INQUIRY to CRITIQUE the word we live in. If we can not apply some “critical thinking” to our critical thinking, then there is no hope.

The SEVEN (7) C’s

1) CLEAR
The world we live in and its human inhabitants are frequently CONFUSED. Hence, the more “CLARITY”, the better. (thanks, Denis Prager!) Life if BOTH simple and complex. Knowing which one applies is not easy. Unfortunately, we often complicate the simple and oversimplify the complex. Knowing WHEN “simple” and “complex” applies requires judgement and wisdom.

2) CONSISTENT
If we apply something to ONE thing, we need/should apply it to EVERY thing,

3) CARRIED to its CONCLUSION
Where is this eventually LEADING us or GOING?  CAUSE and EFFECT is a basic thinking skill that many lack.

4) CONSEQUENCES (COSTS)
What “EFFECTS” or end RESULTS occur? UN-INTENDED CONSEQUENCES

5)COMPARED to WHAT?

6)CONFIRMATION (EVIDENCE) What supports your thinking? In a world of “FEELINGS”, FACTS are often lacking.

7) “CONNECTIVITY” (CONTEXT)
“Learning” is often stunted and hindered by “DISCONNECTS”. Effective education “CONNECTS” the DOTS, elevates simple “comprehension” to more complex “understanding”,

“Xtreme” BENEATH and BEYOND: Joining puzzle PIECES, eventually bringing the “BIG PICTURE” into view INTELLIGENCE, “EDUCATION”, WISDOM?