Making Assumptions In Critical Thinking

  • An assumption is an unexamined belief: what we think without realizing we think it. Our inferences (also called conclusions) are often based on assumptions that we haven’t thought about critically. A critical thinker. however. is attentive to these assumptions because they are sometimes incorrect or misguided.
  • Assumption-spotting is perhaps the most crucial practical skill in Critical Thinking. The key issue here is whether what you think may be an assumption is actually necessary to the argument. If you assume that someone is making an assumption that they are not making. then obviously this is unfair.
  • An assumption is an unexamined belief: what we think without realizing we think it. Our inferences (also called conclusions) are often based on assumptions that we haven’t thought about critically. A critical thinker. however. is attentive to these assumptions because they are sometimes incorrect or misguided. Click to see full answer
  • As critical thinkers. it is important for us to analyse and evaluate assumptions to determine if they are valid. In this program. experts Dr. Steve Taylor and Dr. Roy Van den Brink Budgen guide us through the process of identifying what an assumption is. and teach us some techniques for analysing assumptions.
  • Assumptions can be damaging to relationships and without critical thinking and communication. our thought process can assume the wrong idea entirely. When I speak with someone who is a critical thinker. they can be so convincing that it is often challenging to …
  • Thus. assumptions are central to Critical Thinking and are often implied (not conscious of them) and are not always bad. It rests on the notion some ideas are obvious. which make us comfortable with present beliefs & shut out alternatives. For more information on this site about assumptions see:
  • The critical thinking process is a model for how to analyze an issue. This process includes steps and questions that help you to think through a topic more thoroughly. First. a person will state . . .
  • Before making assumptions and applying critical thinking to any one of the topics from Michael Moore’s book. we need to make the observation that Michael Moore’s work is less a set of applicable solutions to problems that he identifies in the American society and political life. but more of a putting together of real facts and humorous comments. of permanently critical observations and . . .
  • The problem with making these types of assumptions. and we all do it. myself included. is that more often than not. we’re wrong. We assume that a person has a specific motivation for their actions or that an event took place for a specific reason. Then we start to …

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