You may have wondered, just what is "thinking critically"? Defining the term in words produces only more words . . . and perhaps more words. And whatever we say it is, it is not . . . because "the word is not the thing." An operational definition would be helpful, as well as tools and techniques to practice critical thinking and effective communication. Assistance in reaching that goal, and a little more insight and a different perspective toward thinking rationally and sanely may be gained by visiting the sites below:
If the reader were limited to adopting just one improvement in his communication and perception of his environment and the world around him, let it be the goal of eliminating the “ is” of identification. It conveys such permanence in one’s thinking and communication as to lead to misunderstandings, erroneous inferences, even serious maladjustment to one’s environment.
General Semantics embraces the concept of writing in E-Prime, i.e., abolishing all forms of the verb "to be," which has its roots in the field of general semantics as presented by Alfred Korzybski in his 1933 book, "Science and Sanity."
|Toward Understanding E-Prime||E-Prime . . . omitting the verb "to be" from English usage|
In short, writing in E-Prime, the ultimate achievement in General Semantics, avoids be, is, am, are, was, were, been, being; suggests the use of linking verbs (become, seem, appear) and appositions; and advises expressing the progressive aspect by using continues to . . . avoiding use of the passive voice.
|Language in Thought and Action by S. I Hayakawa|
|People in Quandaries by Wendell Johnson|
|Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski|
|People in Quandaries: Its Significance for Psychopathology by Russell Meyers|
|The Aims of GS and the Method of Science by Russell Meyers|
|The Nervous System and GS: Perceptual Response and the Neurology of Abstraction by Russell Meyers|
|Phyloanalysis and General Semantics by Charles I. Glicksberg|
|Avoiding the Dangers of Semantic Adolescence by Ann Dix Meiers|
|To Be or Not: An E-Prime Anthology by D. David Bourland, Jr. & Paul Dennithorne Johnston|
|More E-Prime: To Be or Not II by Paul Dennithorne Johnston & D. David Bourland, Jr.|
|E-Prime III?: A Third Anthology by D. David Bourland & Paul Dennithorne Johnston|
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