We all have at least one friend who consistently shares satire articles and obviously false memes on social media and believes that they are true. Have you ever wondered about that person’s thought process? Did they just skip school on all the days devoted to critical thinking? Weren’t they told the value of asking questions? Did they eat too much glue in elementary school? Something must be happening to account for how consistently they trust clearly false information. According to George Hrab in his latest TEDx Talk, the issue is that they WANT the story to be true. When we want something to be true, we let our skeptical guard down. We stop asking questions. We stop having doubts. We stop looking for evidence. We stop checking sources. Skepticism is most difficult when we want something to be true. #criticalthinking Click To Tweet In the video below, he suggests we need to learn to employ healthy skepticism every day. In essence, if we approached every day like it was April Fool’s Day, we would be less likely to fall for mis-information. On April Fool’s Day, we are on guard for pranks and tricks. Why don’t we employ the same level of evidence-based thinking the other 364 days a year? We certainly can. It just takes effort. If critical thinking was easy, everyone would do it. #criticalthinking Click To Tweet
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Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens. She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting. She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.