EGL 220: Critical Thinking, Spring 2022

Jan van Grevenbroeck (1731-1807). Alternatively Grevenbroeck, Jan the Younger (fl. 17th cent.) / Public domain

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              • Friday, January 14: Truth, Facts & Reality

                Homework for Monday: none

                from A Few Good Men (1992)

                Discussion packet

                Quotes about the nature of truth
                Truth, facts and reality
                Facts and social pressure

              • Wednesday, January 12: Deconstructing the Self

                Homework for Friday: none

                Discuss Habits of Critical Thinking Survey

                Discussion Packet
                : Deconstructing the Self

                Do you know where you stand on the political spectrum? Take a survey at Political Compass and put your plotted dot here.

                Here’s a handy infographic illustrating the major American political beliefs. We’ll need this when we start looking at arguments.

              • Important note: Due to the omicron surge, we will hold class online (live) until February 1. Please make sure to be on Zoom at 9:00 on MWF (permanent link to our Zoom room is on the left).

                Monday, January 10: Deconstructing the Self

                My name is Dr. Julie Chisholm.  I’ll be your instructor for critical thinking, an important course in your college experience.  This semester, we will first define critical thinking, and look at ways we both encourage and discourage it in our lives.  Then we will go into the gym:  a mental gym, that is, in which we work out with our brains.  We will use a tool called rhetorical analysis, the study of argument, to help get our critical thinking muscles into shape.  Along the way, we’ll look at a current event—one we’ll choose together, and the arguments made around it.  Ideally, you will learn a few things:  not just about the pandemic, but about yourself and the way you think.  Welcome to our class!

                Critical thinking is a purposeful mental activity. ‘Critical’ means to take something apart and analyze it on the basis of standards.” –Michael Baker, Basics of Critical Thinking

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                What is your name? Have you picked up any new interests or skills during the pandemic? or Which is your favorite character in the Marvel Multiverse? (Mine is the Lokigator)


                Discussion Packet: Deconstructing the Self

                Habits of Critical Thinking Survey

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