Journal Entry #585
October 7th, 2011
Well first let’s define what critical thinking is;
Excerpt from article.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking
“the process of purposeful, self-regulatory judgment, which uses reasoned consideration to evidence, context, conceptualizations, methods, and criteria.”
Part of this is to not jump to conclusions, to think before you act while using common sense and reasoning skills.
Here is an example of poor critical thinking from a discussion I was having with someone on 911 claims. It was going nowhere so I tried to bring it back to the basics.
Gary David Currie………. Let’s start at the beginning. Can we agree that 2 planes crashed into the twin towers?
Ford………. Just read the post, Gary. About the money connections.
Gary David Currie …………and now we see the problem if we can’t even discuss the basics of this issue then what is the point. I offer an olive branch and you refuse.
Ford…………. The money connections are the motive. You remember I said, to find the guilty party, or parties, you look for method, means, and motive.
Gary David Currie……………… Holy shit this is the most basic fact of 911 and you won’t even agree on it. Why not?
Ford………… Yes, Gary. We have already said that planes ran into two of the towers. Why rehash that?
Gary David Currie……………. Ok so you agree now who flew the planes into the building?
Ford….. That doesn’t prove anything really. Many tall buildings have been crashed into by fully loaded jet airliners and none of them came down like the towers did. None
of them, Gary.
Ford………….There is no evidence that the planes that flew into the towers were actually commercial airliners, Gary. In fact, there were witnesses who said they were planes that had no windows and looked like military planes.
Gary David Currie…………. Just answer the question I am not trying to prove anything I am discussing what we know and what we do not know. First we establish what we know. Stay on point that is how it works.
Ford………… No one knows or has any conclusive evidence of how the planes were piloted. They could have been flown remotely.
Ford….. I shouldn’t have said “no one knows”, because obviously the perpetrators know.
Gary David Currie……….. Really I think the video footage is good evidence and the passengers who died as verified is good evidence
USATODAY.com – People killed in plane attacks
People killed in plane attacks Partial lists of passengers and crew killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001
Gary David Currie……….. You said there was no evidence and I offer you this as evidence so you are wrong stay on point..
Ford…. Gary, nothing in the news media can be used as “evidence”, as, obviously, if the media is owned by the same people who we are saying did 9/11, and it is, believe me, then everything that goes in there is controlled by them.
Gary David Currie………. So you are denying that all these people were killed in the terrorist attack. I would think this is a dishonour to them and their families.
Ford…………. News stories are not evidence of anything. But on the other hand, that people died, or were on a passenger list, does not confirm anything else about what
Gary David Currie………. OK we are done if you will not acknowledge basic facts then you are deep into the delusion. enjoy..
Ford….. Those planes may very well have been landed and the people aboard murdered. I honestly have never seen anything that confirmed the deaths of real people on
those flights. We know that Donald Rumsfeld said on the air that the plane in Pennsylvania was shot down.
This person is not using critical thinking skills or interested in basic common sense. I was trying to establish some basic facts to this conspiracy claim to see what we know and what we do not. From there we can see what is speculation and what evidence is valid but as you can see I was not even getting past the basic fact of the event. Now this is not some crazy person ads I have heard them talk on other issues with clarity and some other with no clarity but if you forfeit basic reasoning skills when something challenges what you want to be true then there is a good chance you will arrive at a false conclusion.
What Does God Need With a Starship?
My point is this. We need to try and educate all of humanity as best we can with this skill and then things will change for the better as many beliefs we hold as true will crumble.
Seek the truth always
Gary David Currie