Critical thinking is important, especially online!
In this day and age, misinformation can be easier to find than information! It’s important to build up a database of trusted sources for credible information. In our day-to-day lives, a lot of us encounter circumstances that require us to think critically.
Critical thinking is the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasonable judgement based on that information.
Plenty of occupations use critical thinking skills every day, whether we realize it or not. From triage nurses deciding the order of patients to treat to a soccer coach developing strategy to attack opponents’ weaknesses , critical thinking is a critical part of our lives.
Unfortunately, we aren’t always aware of when to apply these skills. We’ve all seen something while scrolling the internet that seemed too out of left field to be true. But sometimes, it seems just plausible enough that we take it as truth. So, how can we stop this?
Strengthening our critical thinking skills can help combat online misinformation. Just by taking some time to analyze the content, we can quickly discern truth.
The first step (or first seven steps) to determine the legitimacy of online content is to develop a solid plan for fact-checking. When you see something that raises flags, quickly run through this checklist:
By examining yourself honestly, you allow yourself the opportunity to grow! Develop positive feedback loops in your critical thinking habits and be sure to discuss questions or concerns you have with any trusted individuals in your life.
Critical thinking is described as, “the process of thinking carefully about a subject or idea, without allowing feelings or opinions to affect you.”
While critical thinking is largely an internal process, there are many opportunities to reflect it outwardly.
Good sources tend to be people or organizations working under a non-profit model. When it comes to science, government, university and non-profit organizations often have the least bias in the information they release to the public.
Farming Smarter, is a trusted source of information in Alberta. We change the way people farm through sharing what we learn in our field work. We can supply western Canada and southern Alberta with the latest in agronomic research – enriching farmers’ knowledge and raising bottom lines.
Universities are another source of information and will have researchers connected to the university’s website. Outside of universities, government sources such as AgCanada provide unbiased information because researchers work for all Canadian citizens rather than a profit motivated company.
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Created October 13, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter