Top Critical Thinking Skills / Analysis Tools

Read through these critical thinking skills one by one or browse. These thinking aides will help you when considering problems, deciding what to write in an essay, or analyzing any situation in life. You may be more familiar with some ideas and less familiar with others. Look at them all!

1. Define your terms
2. Perspective, Perception/ point of view, the ability to see both the forest and the trees.
3. Relativity and absolutes; Different does not mean bad or wrong or good or right.
4. Space, scale, size, amount, number
5. Time, sequence, order
6. Spectrum, scope, range,
7. Causation, cause and effect, stimulus response
8. Synergy, entropy, opposition, the understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
9. Hierarchy: Social, Economic, Political
10. Book and cover

11. Ochamís razor

12. Scylla & Charybdis or Between a Rock and a Hard Place

13. Gordian knot

14. The Best Laid Plans - Robert Burns

15. Mono/Bi/Semi/Annual




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