Week 4 elements of critical thinking respond to two peers (12hr so

Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts, and respond to at least two of your peers. When responding to your classmates, please provide feedback on their examples of good and poor critical thinking skills. Discuss additional ways one can think more critically. Each participation post should be a minimum of 75 words.

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By: Sylvia


·        1.  Determining what the problem is.

·        2.  Being able to analyze a subject more in-depth

·        3.  Making a decision on what your believe is right and follow that direction

·        4.  Justify your argument

·        5. Assess of the outcome 



This video demonstrates critical thinking skills by using global warming a controversial subject to some and gives examples of what some members of the general public may be doing that could be contributing to global warming. The speaker gives examples of the effects/repercussions of it to include what we could be doing to minimize our global foot print and ways to do our part in saving our planet. This video demonstrates to me good critical thinking skills because it makes someone think of what if it’s true and the consequences it will have on everyone lives.   


In this video Bill O’Reilly has an absence of good critical thinking skills as a TV broadcaster by not clearly choosing the right words. As each speaker was trying to make a point on a subject they felt passionate about; Bill O’Reilly made a bad comment and didn’t even show repentance about what he said. I think his lack of critical thinking skills by having costly errors, repeated mistakes and bad decisions could represent an example. Getting caught up in the moment during a discussion could be costly when being performed in front of a large audience. Correcting ones mistake quickly might have had a less significances impact, then acting if nothing could be interpreted wrong and offensive. I believe criticla thinking is also about being able to articulate your choices of words to get your point accross (argue your belief) without creating other problems.  


Youtub.com (Aug 23, 2007) The Reality of Global Warming https://youtu.be/03xB9JbVgLE

Youtub.com (Oct 27, 2012 ) Fox’s chief racist, Bill O’Reilly calls black PhD a coke dealer








Five Critical Thinking elements I found within the reading are as follows, in no particular order:

1. Objectivity
2. Willingness to ask the right questions
3. Willing to change opinions based upon facts
4. Ability to distinguish facts from opinions
5. Ability to balance open-mindedness and skepticism (Plencner, 2014).

A strong and applicable example of critical thinking shows in the story of a nurse whose patient was preparing to be placed on a pacemaker, but was having trouble maintaining constant oxygen supply in his body and had excess fluid in his body. The nurse looked at his history and observed that the patient had a history of congestive heart failure (Haws, 2016). Despite having no idea what the root of the problem was, the nurse thought critically and simply followed the symptoms the patient was showing, and intuited that the patient required medication that would force him to eliminate excess liquids. Shortly afterward, the patient was stable enough to receive a pacemaker without complications. The nurse shows objectivity and is receptive to information as it is rather than how he interprets it to be.

A poor example of critical thinking is much easier to locate than a strong one. One such instance comes from a blog about environmental activism, where the writer addresses four “myths” that lead to discouragement, especially to those new to “earth activism” (Halstead, 2016). There is not a shred of critical thinking to be found here; the writer assumes a great deal of information to be accurate but has no information to back his claims, and makes his points with emotive and passionate wording in the absence of factual data points.


Plencner, A. (2014). Critical Thinking and the Challenges of the Internet. Retrieved from https://www.communicationtoday.sk/download/2/2014/Plencner%20-%20CT%202-2014.pdf. 

Halstead, J. (2016). 4 Things Every Aspiring Environmental Activist Should Know. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-halstead/4-things-every-aspiring-e_b_8153554.html.

Haws, J. (2016). 2 Examples of How I Used Critical Thinking to Care for My Patient (Real Life Nursing Stories).  Retrieved from https://www.nrsng.com/2-examples-used-critical-thinking-care-patient-real-life-nursing-stories/. 






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