What are we talking about when we talk about critical thinking? Here is
Cenk of the Young Turks displays the difference between critical thinking and following authority. I wish to point out that what I mean is, that he could have merely continued staring and listening to the speech without asking himself what it really meant or if what was correct jives with everything he has heard or knows. That is critical thinking, not assuming that everything said by the speaker is correct and analyzing the information given.
You will notice Romney say he wants everyone to let him continue lying (let me finish trying to convince you of this fictional nonsense). You can't have things both ways and he is incapable of understanding because he lacks critical thinking, when you knock him off of his talking points, he doesn't know what to say and he says completely ignorant things like this talking point,
The reason he got away with shifting is because no one in the crowd had the time to think of how to phrase it properly. If they had yelled out, "Individual Human Beings!" then, he would have had nothing to say.
There are people who do think critically because most are not even taught how as a child. You can't expect them to learn it from an adult who never learned it themselves. Over the years we have defined the difference between conservative and liberal and this is what they are by definition;
Conservatism: 1. the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
2. the principles and practices of political conservatives.
- disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
- cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
- the quality or state of being liberal, as in behavior or attitude.
- a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
- favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
- (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
- of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
- favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
- favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.