In Short

In Lesson 7, you learned that thinking critically means being armed with accurate information. The quality of your solutions and decisions is only as good as the information you use to make them. This lesson showed how to evaluate that information, differentiating between accurate, objective data, and that which is false and/or biased.

We began by differentiating between fact and opinion. Then, we looked at the source of information, or the author. How can you trust the source? Only after you examine his or her credentials and sources. Keep a skeptical eye out for opinion posing as fact, inferior research and documentation, and bias from every source.

Focusing on the Internet, which can be a hazardous place to find information, we explored ways of evaluating any of the billions of web pages you may come across in your research. You learned why it is important to find the author and dates for each website, as well as how to judge the accuracy of its content, and how to use its links to further evaluate a site.

Critical thinking skills are enhanced when you learn how to evaluate the information you receive. Never assume something is true without checking first and do not take for granted a source's unbiased viewpoint. Think for yourself!

Skill Building Until Next Time

■ Read an article printed in a magazine and note its author. Does the magazine itself tell you anything about his or her credentials? Look up the author on the Internet to see if you can find what expertise, if any, he or she has in the subject.

■ The next time you hear a fact on a televised news story, try to substantiate it. Remember the rule of threes: find it in three different sources before accepting it as fact.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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