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Chapter 4. Styles of Non-Critical Thinking > Non-Critical Styles in Action

Non-Critical Styles in Action

In the spaces provided, identify the non-critical thinking styles demonstrated by the following stories and write how you determined that style.

1: Zack is a computer programmer. He has an opinion about everything and will comment on anything under discussion. His co-worker Juanita is a Web site developer. When asked if he thinks Juanita could handle a sophisticated assignment, Zack says,

“How could she? She’s only a Web site developer. Everybody knows they aren’t real techies.”

Zack’s non-critical thinking style(s)

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A: Zack is demonstrating the non-critical thinking style of “the Snob” by arrogantly discounting Juanita’s skills.
2: Holly to Arjun:

“I agree with your plan for the Ballard project. It sounds great.”

Later, after talking about it with another co-worker, Simon, she says to Arjun,

“I have grave concerns about the Ballard project. Simon doesn’t believe it will fly.”

Holly’s non-critical thinking style(s)

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A: Holly shows signs of using the non-critical thinking style of “the Leech.” She accepted uncritically whatever was being said to her without making the effort to form her own views.
3: Talking to the director of human resources, the senior executive says,

“I respect your many years of experience and the report from the experts. However, I still think we should ask the opinion of everyone in the office before we decide on how to structure the new pay schedule so everybody can be happy.”

The senior executive’s non-critical thinking style(s)

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A: The senior executive is using the non-critical thinking style of “the Dilettante.” He is being overly receptive and giving vague reasons for an inadequately evaluated line of action that may well cause great difficulties in the future.




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