Critical thinking is essential not only for producing strong university essays but for any activity that calls for information to be evaluated and for problems to be solved (for knowledge to be created). While there are many facets to critical thinking, in a nutshell it involves two things: questioning claims about the nature of the world and about what people ought to do, and, if any claim is found not to be supported by sound reasoning and evidence, devising a better claim.Those who do not think critically tend to accept the ideas of others without sufficiently questioning them, or else they make their own claims but their reasoning and evidence are weak.
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