What is ‘critical thinking‘?
Dictionary.com defines it as: “disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence”.
There is more here on Wikipedia.
Practicing critical thinking is often difficult. Things which get in the way include:
- Subconscious mind conditioning
- Advertising and marketing
- Societal archetypes
- Ignorance – lack of intelligence (information)
- Fateful thinking – ‘nothing bad will happen to me’ and similar
Simply speaking; an inability to think critically has the potential to create havoc in your life, and even kill you.
Kill me you say?
Yes, just one example is in the case of choosing the wrong car insurance.
Have a read of this article on GoAuto, one of Australia’s respected car news and reviews websites: Mercedes blames insurers for worsening road-toll.
Frankly, it is a shocking read.
Now, some cynics might say: “Mercedes would say that – it is in their interests”. Yes, even a basic knowledge of human nature prompts that thought. Conversely, the same knowledge of human nature also informs us that Mercedes Benz is probably correct. So…what, and whom, do we believe?
On balance, when considering human nature, things I have heard from other sources and even personally witnessed, the reputation of Mercedes Benz, and also the general ‘feel’ of the article; I believe Mercedes.
Slick marketing (brainwashing) by insurance companies would have us believe that all will be well in the event of an accident. But will it? Can we be sure? Can we really trust them? Current Affairs shows regularly suggest many insurers have a mercenary and uncaring attitude…
Be careful what you think, whom you listen to and what you do. Think critically; even if it is inconvenient or uncomfortable, or dare I say it, more expensive.
Thanks to Peter McKenna of Mercedes Benz Brisbane for kindly alerting me to the article as part of his excellent customer service.