Conspiracy Theories and the Critical Skills

Conspiracy theories have been around for a long time and proponents of such theories use the critical skills to imbed such theories in the minds of willing listeners. Conspiracy theories can lead and have led to disastrous consequences – and we all should be aware of their existence and how they work. The Oxford English […]

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Ignorant or Stupid? You CAN’T Fix “Stupid,” but You CAN Fix “Ignorant” by Using Critical Skills!

“Ignorant” and “stupid” are adjectives, but they are not the same thing. If a person is “stupid,” then he/she does not have the ability to understand something due to insufficient intelligence or brain power – thus leading to a misinterpretation of fact. Stupidity is: Having the inability to understand; Having a resistance or inability to […]

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Use Critical Skills in Politics! They WORK!!

How to be an effective political communicator in politics: • Twist (or ignore) the truth of any hypothesis or premise. • Use a pre-conceived conclusion as a premise to draw whatever other conclusion you want. (BTW – this is a completely invalid way to use logic – but it works.) • Discredit those with whom […]

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Lying – An Effective Communications Strategy?

A communications technique that is often used – to great effect – is the practice of telling deliberate lies. Telling them persuasively is an art which many people – often in responsible positions – often practice. Lying influences other Critical Skills – particularly the Information and Analysis skills. Lying serves a purpose that gets a […]

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Federalist Papers – The Information Skill

Just so we don’t forget that this blog is about “Critical Skills,” let’s take a brief pause and consider one of the Critical Skills that was necessary to write these papers. Imagine yourself back in 1787 sitting at a small desk, the room lit by candle or lantern, only a quill and ink for writing, […]

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