Skepticism: Why critical thinking makes you smarter | Bill Nye, Derren Brown & more | Big Think

Critical thinking is a soft skill that comprises multiple interpersonal and analytical abilities and attributes. Analytical thinking: Analytical thinkers collect data from multiple sources, reject bias, and ask thoughtful questions. When approaching a problem, they gather and double-check facOpen-mindedness: Employees who demonstrate critical thinking are open-minded – not afraid to consider opinions and information that differ from their beliefs and assumptions. They listen to colleagues; they can let go of personal biases and recognize that a problem’s solution can come from unexpected sources. ts, assess independent research, and sift through information to determine what’s accurate and what can help resolve the problem. Critical thinking improves communication. When employees think more clearly and aren’t swayed by emotion, they communicate better. “If you can think more clearly and better articulate your positions, you can better engage in discussions and make a much more meaningful contribution in your job,” said David Welton, managing partner at Grove Critical Thinking.