Recently someone asked me my opinion about "critical thinking" as part of their research. More precisely, what is critical thinking according to me.
The first think that came to my mind was "Thinking outside the box!" However, when I was asked to elaborate what I meant by that, I suddenly realised that I couldn't explain.
What do we mean when we say, "thinking outside the box" and what box are we referring to?
Anyway, to me, critical thinking refers to opening up our minds to several possible solutions to a problem and reflecting during the whole process. It also means avoiding all possible bias that may cloud the thought process. It's really hard to put aside all the bias that we may have inside our heads and this in turn makes it hard for us to think objectively.
For example, in an election, can we vote for someone - totally ignoring the skin colour, religion, race, etc. and only looking at their track record and all available information on the candidates.
Made me think that if we place ourselves in that situation would we be able to think objectively and justly as well.
So what do you understand by critical thinking?