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    Default Critical thinking resources and exercises

    I'm looking for quality materials containing information about critical thinking, preferably with exercises. Any will do, but nothing that's so difficult it's going to explode my brain or make me hate myself.

    Links? Podcasts? Book suggestions, anyone?
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    I'm curious too.

    Although, there are so many activities that are great critical thinking practice it's almost silly to point them out. Take a practice GRE, for example. That's quite enjoyable and excellent critical thinking exercise. When you want to know how to think critically, do you mean, how to think like a scientist? There are certainly books about that. Although, amazon seems to have books about just plain thinking critically too.

    Perhaps having a strong grasp of the different fallacies of argument is a good start?

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    The Foundation for Critical Thinking publishes literature that you can use, even to teach young kids.

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    Thanks for the link, antireconciler. I'll check it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by antireconciler View Post
    When you want to know how to think critically, do you mean, how to think like a scientist? There are certainly books about that. Although, amazon seems to have books about just plain thinking critically too.
    Even the phrase "think like a scientist" makes me feel a little sick to my stomach, but yes, I think that's what I mean. I have seen plenty of books online but I'm curious if anyone has one to recommend.

    Quote Originally Posted by antireconciler View Post
    Perhaps having a strong grasp of the different fallacies of argument is a good start?
    Yes, logical fallacies are one thing I've been learning about, but since there are so many of them I'm still getting familiar with them. What I need the most is practice spotting them. And some I still don't understand fully. I'll check that page out, too. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    The Foundation for Critical Thinking publishes literature that you can use, even to teach young kids.
    Perfect. Children's information is fantastic sometimes. That's how I first muddled through Shakespeare when I couldn't make heads or tails of the unfamiliar words. I didn't even know there was a Foundation for Critical Thinking. I'll definitely read through the info on that site.
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    Try to hang out with NTs more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    Try to hang out with NTs more.

    And don't take it personally when they correct you.



    If your skills develop enough for you to correct them, instant respect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    Try to hang out with NTs more.
    Or just Ts in general.

    Growing up with 4 INTP close friends, an ESTJ close friend, knowing lots of NTs on the internet growing up as friends I would type to, and having an INTP dad that's very gentle with his logic ushered me into critical thinking and Te skills. I've also made lots of T type acquaintances, one of my favorites right now is an ENTJ. To truly to get on their level and bond with them I would have intelligent discussions often, about logic, science, philosophy, you name it. Eventually my critical thinking skills became natural at a young age. As INFP I'd imagine you love making personal bonds with people, and that's how you do it with T types.
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    My dad and brother are T's, so that helps. I also do have a few good NT friends, and I've learned a LOT from them. However, I only see them occasionally or talk with them on the internet due to schedules or distance. Also, though I learn a lot from them, they are not really fantastic at being patient. I want some resources to study and practice on my own, how I want, as long as I want, without someone getting pissed at me and walking away or telling me I'm an idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewelchild View Post
    My dad and brother are T's, so that helps. I also do have a few good NT friends, and I've learned a LOT from them. However, I only see them occasionally or talk with them on the internet due to schedules or distance. Also, though I learn a lot from them, they are not really fantastic at being patient. I want some resources to study and practice on my own, how I want, as long as I want, without someone getting pissed at me and walking away or telling me I'm an idiot.
    Gosh :O whats wrong with being a smart INFP ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unique View Post
    Gosh :O whats wrong with being a smart INFP ?
    I am a smart INFP, and I like being a smart INFP. I just want to be a smarter INFP! I enjoy trying to improve in the types of thinking and reasoning that don't always come naturally to me. Kind of like a sweaty workout for my brain.
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