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Chapter 6. The Parts of Thinking > Using Critical Thinking to Take Charge of Ho...

Using Critical Thinking to Take Charge of How We See Things

As in the case of all the elements, one takes charge of their point of view by practicing bringing it out into the open. The more we recognize point of view at work in our thinking and in the thinking of others, the more points of view we learn to think within, the more effectively will we use point of view in our thinking.

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Practice in Making Explicit Our Point of View

What follows is a list of possible objects of our thinking. Choose from this list seven possible ones to think about. Then identify how you would look at each, from your point of view. For example, you might decide, “When I look at people, I see a struggle to find happiness” or, “When I look at the future, I see myself as a lawyer taking cases that protect the environment” or, “When I look at the health care system, I see a system that does not provide adequately for the poor.” Once you write your sentence, see if you can further characterize how what you said explains your point of view.

life my future lifelong learning
men the problems we face as a nation the future
women the problems we face as a species welfare
human conflict mass transportation welfare recipients
learning the environment drug use
the past people without health insurance science
politics our health care system human values
power modern lifestyle abortions
art the modern American city the police
television New Age ideas elections
computers human sexuality vegetarians
the news marriage liberals
my economic future life in America conservatives
education in the future religion income tax radicals


Complete the following, given the seven objects you have chosen to look at:

  1. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)

  2. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)

  3. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)

  4. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)

  5. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)

  6. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)

  7. When I look at ____________________, I see (from my point of view)



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