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Dr. Roy Peter Clark asks, how can we get back to critical thinking?

He responds: There's truth, there's "truthiness," and what we're describing now is "truthy-mess." There's so much information available out there that it's hard to know what to believe. We have to figure out what the world looks like from all these different points of view. This requires skepticism, which is a great democratic virtue, but not cynicism.

Oprah: It boils down to us critically thinking and being more skeptical about what we are told in all areas.

Dr. Clark: Pay attention to who the speaker is. Be suspicious of anybody who ignores your argument in terms of disloyalty. Be aware of anybody who tries to persuade you by slogan alone. Pay attention to people who want to have a conversation with you.

Start recognizing the truth in government and media with seven ways to start thinking critically.
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FROM: Truth in America
Published on October 12, 2006

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