*But in my opinion, the best way to understand things is to construct puzzles to illustrate their basic essence. as you correctly point out, this type of problem is based on education and information. For instance, if I am aware, that human walking speed is somewhere in the range between 5-10 km/h, while most cars can move at a speed between 100 km/h-200 km/h, while I also know that the cruise speed for airplanes used in commercial flights is somewhere around 850km/h, etc.*Critical thinking involves skill at recognizing a pattern in given information, and especially recognizing how the information is connected to the real world. First, consider the five words below: Now, put them in order from the slowest to the fastest, when they are going at maximum speed. As with all such puzzles, there might be slightly different solutions—one could claim that some automobiles go faster than cruise ships. The seven puzzles below are to the ones above, though hopefully more challenging. then there is no doubt I would place such options correctly when asked to order them from slowest to fastest.

*But in my opinion, the best way to understand things is to construct puzzles to illustrate their basic essence. as you correctly point out, this type of problem is based on education and information. For instance, if I am aware, that human walking speed is somewhere in the range between 5-10 km/h, while most cars can move at a speed between 100 km/h-200 km/h, while I also know that the cruise speed for airplanes used in commercial flights is somewhere around 850km/h, etc.*Critical thinking involves skill at recognizing a pattern in given information, and especially recognizing how the information is connected to the real world. First, consider the five words below: Now, put them in order from the slowest to the fastest, when they are going at maximum speed. As with all such puzzles, there might be slightly different solutions—one could claim that some automobiles go faster than cruise ships. The seven puzzles below are to the ones above, though hopefully more challenging. then there is no doubt I would place such options correctly when asked to order them from slowest to fastest.

Maybe, as I say in the blog, my understanding of the term is not exactly what psychologists mean, although I have had discussions with them in the area of education and the idea that logic is influenced by experience is a key idea. I do really great with critical thinking, vocabulary, and spatial intelligence, but my brain completely freezes up when it comes to math.

I have a math learning disability that brought my score down to 114.

Critical thinking is mainly about the skills necessary to rigorously analyze and filter the incoming information, whatever it happens to be, and since we as humans made our verbal communication the most prestigious language to use, critical thinking is, as a matter of fact, mostly about the capability to evaluate the soundness of arguments of some sort.

So if you want to develop good critical thinking skills, the first option is reading some basic literature on the topic (there are many books of varying degrees of difficulty, although mostly accessible to "laypeople", treating specifically the topic of "critical thinking").

In any case, these 4 questions, similar to the other 3 can hardly evaluate your "critical thinking" skills.

An example of a low level "puzzle" to evaluate your critical thinking skills would be e.g. A more complex alternative would be a text where you have to identify the issue(s), the conclusion(s), evaluate the consistency of the argumentation backing up the conclusion(s), reach your own conclusion about the authors conclusions...

I have never in my career received so many comments--actually providing proof of my contention that some problems are set up artificially to test logical thinking but end up showing that such thinking is shaped by many other creative and variable processes.

In addition, the many comments have truly provided me with insights into the nature of puzzle-solving.

Question V: "Head" armchair-head of a dining table egghead imagination (where it occurs) overhead understand (one has to have a head for it) For what it's worth, I got all of the answers right and that would include entertaining the same things others tendered as possible answers as well. Lastly, what got me here was the question on PT's facebook post that landed me here titled: "Think you're clever?

Let's find out." The use of "clever" in this case implies that those who exercise critical thinking skills are clever. noun: critical thinking the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

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