The conversations this week gives us pause to think about how we know if we are good critical and refractive thinkers. My husband brought up a silly email of brain teasers where we took great delight in reasoning simple solutions to odd problems. For example, what name was the president called in the 1960s? Answer: the same as he is now: Mr. President. Think of the classic: When was the War of 1812?
While my husband and I demonstrated great skill initially, there were a few questions that were rather easy–AFTER the answer was known. These questions were the proverbial: hit yourself on the forehead with the “I could have had a V*” type of obvious sigh. I must admit to getting tripped up on some of these bizarre questions early in my career that no longer cause me to stumble. Yet, sometimes, despite my attention to detail, despite my knowing there is a ‘gotcha built into the question,’ I fall prey as well.
This process is what prompted the question: how do we know we are good critical thinkers? How does one define success?
Be sure to share your strategies with how you know with us. *Smiles*
Dr. Cheryl Lentz
Chief Refractive Thinker®