critical thinking

disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence: The questions are intended to develop your critical thinking. Unabridged
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Main Entry:  critical thinking
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion's 21st Century Lexicon
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Critical thinking, knowledge of valid research, and openness to new ideas are
  what allows an individual to form a valid opinion.
The study of history is nothing but critical thinking.
That, to me, is the difference between cynicism and critical thinking.
Both offer then-emergent best practices as a basis for much of today's critical
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