Whatever Happened to Critical Thinking?

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    1. Hi Dennis, thanks a lot for dropping by and for the great comments! I take you shared a similar comment twice thinking the first one didn’t go through. They were trapped in the spam queue and just approved both of them. Let me know if you’d want any of the two to be removed, please.

      Yes, I couldn’t have agreed more with you on that statement of spending a lot less time in media tools. I’m doing that myself for a good few weeks and enjoying the result: tons of extra time to spend it doing other, perhaps, more interesting things, like outdoor activities, reading more, blogging more, and the usual work of freelancing I’m certain you are well familiar with. It’s funny to think how much time we use to spend at someone else’s home giving up on our very own spaces, and really glad I’m getting plenty of that back!

      Hope it will sustain itself for a good while! That seems to be the new challenge at the moment 😀 heh

      1. yes drop the second

        the other thing that is taking time is my transitioning to a new blogging platform that is much more friendly to mobile — going from Squarespace 5 to Squarespace 7. That last 5% of the transfer is taking more than 50% of the time but the results are worth it I think.

        1. Many thanks, Dennis, for the heads up! I have now removed the duplicate comment. Oh, yes, I know what you mean in terms of the move of blogging platforms. I went through the same exercise a while ago and, eventually, I found it so daunting with the little time I had left I decided to stick around with WordPress and make use of the shiny mobile plugins available and so far so good! Fingers crossed…

  1. Yes I agree! With more and every kind of information available, the need of critical thinking is more than ever before,so that we can filter the truth out of random content . This needs to be taught especially to our children, who are more vulnerable to all kinds of ideas, opinions and information floating around on the Internet. Moreover, regarding social media, the farther you distance yourself from it, the more learning opportunities you have!

    1. Hi Zainab, many thanks for dropping by and for the kind comments! It’s greatly appreciated. I supposed you shared one comment after the other thinking the first one may not have gotten through, if that’s the case, please do let me know and I’ll remove one of them. Both were caught on the spam queue and had to approve them, which I have just done. Sorry for the inconvenience…

      I am really glad you have mentioned how we need to educate children on making sense of the (Social) Web for a smarter use of the social tools available, because coincidentally, a good friend of mine, and long time KM blogger, Lilia Efimova, just blogged about this very same need about #PKM for kids (PKM as in Personal Knowledge Mastery coming from Personal Knowledge Management) from a Twitter conversation she had with another good friend, Harold Jarche, who is just about to resume his excellent online course around #PKMastery.

      If you ask me, schools, colleges and universities, etc. you name it, should have such online, or face to face, course to share and educate our kids on working smarter, not necessarily harder making use of these media tools, but then again it shouldn’t just be restricted to kids. Adults should take such course(s) as well. I have done that myself a couple of years back and it was one of the best online courses I could have ever taken. Highly recommended and by far from any other course on a similar topic!

      Thanks again for the wonderful feedback! 😀👍🏻

  2. Hi Luis — I share your interest in critical thinking and blog about it at gtraviswhite.com/critical-thinking. I’m not sure how to use a blogroll but, if you can give me a brief tutorial, I’d be happy to link up with you. Cheers, Travis White

    1. Hi Travis, thanks very much for dropping by and for the kind comments! Greatly appreciated! I just read through your blog post on critical thinking and I enjoyed it very much, not only because of this quote ‘Critical thinking is also thinking about knowing’, but also because of how it permeates throughout the entire piece that important notion of question everything in order for critical thinking to come out in our conversations. Splendid! Thanks again for adding further up into the conversation!

      About your query on the use of blogrolls, a blogroll is, essentially, a list of links, i.e. blog links, that one would want to promote across as recommended reads based on different types of affinity, common interests, connections, etc. Eventually, it’s like sharing all of your favourite reads in blogs, or whatever other Web sites.

      Creating a blogroll is relatively simple, you just have to gather all of the RSS news feeds of the blogs you follow and use an RSS feed reader to aggregate them together. From there onwards, every single RSS news feed reader has got the ability to export those subscriptions into a single file in .OPML format which is what you can share across for others to enjoy and subscribe to with their own RSS news feed readers or you could show them as well in your own blog that you referenced above from that blog post.

      Hope that all makes sense… If you are wondering about RSS news feed readers and how they work, one of the most popular is Feedly and if you take a look into its tutorials Web site you’d find tons of good resources on how RSS feeds, and blogrolls work. Let me know if you would have additional questions or need further help. Happy to where I possibly can.

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