Archive for July 26th, 2011


Critical thinking has always been around but it’s good that schools are actively espousing the discipline.

From the University of Canberra’s page on Critical Thinking:

Critical thinking as a generic skill for life.

The skills that you develop at university in critical thinking will support you in your future professional lives. Professionals constantly need to make decisions based on critical thinking, to evaluate processes and outcomes, and to reflect upon their practice.

Good critical thinkers make good professionals.

In the end, that’s why you are at university.

The insightful page has further tips on how to develop a critical mind, as well as useful techniques on how to read and write critically.

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American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician, William Melvin Hicks, and his thoughts on:

Being Smart

Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.


Music is a great energizer. It’s a language everybody knows.


If you’re so pro-life, do me a favour: don’t lock arms and block medical clinics. If you’re so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries.


I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.


Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.


If you don’t think drugs have done good things for us, then take all of your records, tapes and CD’s and burn them.

The next big thing

Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas.


Women priests. Great, great. Now there’s priests of both sexes I don’t listen to.


We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.


It’s always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it’s just hilarious.


I’m not really a heavy smoker any more. I only get through two lighters a day now.


People in the United Kingdom and outside the United States share my bemusement with the United States that America doesn’t share with itself.


I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.


As long as one person lives in darkness then it seems to be a responsibility to tell other people.

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In 2006, Focus Consulting Group published a case study on Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The article expounded on key behaviours which were the management style of Buffett and his vice-chariman: Charlie Munger.

What is fascinating is that many of the behaviours identified by Focus that were integral to Berkshire’s success as a company have close ties to the behaviours associated with critical thinking.  Read the article below and see for yourself.

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