Month: March 2017

The flawed and biased employment of critical thinking


The tool of thinking does well in the right hands
The tool of thinking does well in the right hands

The website, “The Critical Thinking Community” carries this definition of critical thinking, on one of its pages: Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness. – (Italics  and Bold added for emphasis)

A little further down, the same page carries these sobering words of warning: When grounded in selfish motives, it is often manifested in the skillful manipulation of ideas in service of one’s own, or one’s groups’, vested interest. As such it is typically intellectually flawed, however pragmatically successful it might be.  – (Italics and Bold added for emphasis)

An understanding of the real-world misapplication of critical thinking skills shows us why, a great tool and skill like critical thinking succeeds only as-far-as the one using it!  As is evident from the above quoted 2 paragraphs, this is an admission made by the proponents of critical thinking themselves.  This is an honest admission. (more…)

Criticizing the institutions – what lesson in Jehovah’s witnesses and others?

The short answers is, it depends on the person to join or criticize JWs or any other institution.  An important separation between the institution and the individual should always remain in the mind of the observer.  The difference and the connection should be a constant, and an obvious fact. (more…)

Extreme views: Seeing the world from the edges, or rooted in a view

The greater the sense of confusion grows, so grows the desperation to find answers.  Finding oneself unable to compete in a world of ever-growing divides, even those with experience find themselves thrown off-balance.  Falling down the slippery slopes of divided views, people find themselves secure at the very edges.  From the very edges they establish viewpoints, hanging on to the very slightest semblance of reason.  That reason is founded in misunderstandings and errors, and hence extremes find easy control over the views. (more…)

Jehovah’s witnesses prove themselves the antichrist, and no better than those they habitually criticize

These 2 screenshots (cropped for ease) are taken from the JW article about the 4 horsemen.  The article later shows Jesus as the first rider on the white horse.  So, according to the Watchtower publication, Jesus is not only one of the 4, he is also leading the charge!  By this understanding, Jesus is taking the lead in bringing troubles to mankind.  Do you find that logical? (more…)

Overcoming disappointment with Jehovah’s witnesses, and humans in general

I was never interested in organized religion.  Organized religion meant the confining and defining of any real faith a person might have.  The worst taste of religion for me – deeply organized and correctly identified as a cult – was with Jehovah’s witnesses.  Right from the time I was studying, I could see some crucial flaws in their teachings.  Questions were discouraged, and I was trapped by an ongoing situation in my life.  Those questions troubled me immensely for they raised doubts about the nature of truth, and Jehovah’s witnesses’ claim to having the only truth there is.

There were however, some things that basically appealed to me – the sanctifying of God’s name, justice on earth by means of God’s kingdom, sin as the unavoidable reason for sickness and death, the existence of Satan as the superhuman cause of earth’s woes, the earth being transformed into Paradise once again, the righteous and worthy rule of Jesus over all the earth as an expression of divine blessings.  I continue to believe these things, though it now seems entirely unnecessary for “truth” to be limited to an organization – religious or political or national.  It is such senseless devotion that makes people blind, deaf, and speechless in the face of conflicting evidence. (more…)

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