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Overlooked Prepping Skill: Critical Thinking

Mac Slavo
February 18th, 2020
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So many preppers have stockpiles of food and water, generators, and even extra ammunition.  While these preps are great, they must accompany the overlooked (and not taught in public schools) skill of critical thinking.

We’ve all heard the phrase “children are not taught how to think, but what to think” when it comes to public school education/indoctrination.  Making the mistake of not learning how to think critically outside of your personal beliefs could be a problem in a survival situation. It is vital that preppers understand the concept of critical thinking.

Critical thinking is the ability to think in an organized and rational manner in order to understand connections between ideas and/or facts. It helps you decide what to believe in. In other words, it’s “thinking about thinking”—identifying, analyzing, and then fixing flaws in the way we think. For example, instead of being told you must say the Pledge of Allegiance and immediately follow the order, you contemplate why you were given that command.

A set of morals often arises once critical thinking is applied. But that’s not the only added benefit. Knowing what to do, and how to go about it in a survival situation is another. You could have all the preps in the world, but not knowing how to use them or the reason why it’s in your stash, to begin with, could be a huge pitfall.

Thinking for yourself outside of what you’ve been told is critical in survival. But how do you teach yourself this powerful and overlooked skill? Start by questioning everything. Don’t just believe something because it’s being said by an athlete, politician, or celebrity.  These people are known to only promote things that add to their own power and wealth.  No politician will advance freedom because that would mean they’ve got to give up some power. This and other skills are vital to understand especially if we ever face a massive societal collapse.

The book titled Think for Yourself: A Critical Thinking Workbook for Beginners expertly lays out ways to improve the skill that’s vital to survival.

We all hear that old line that children are only taught what to think, not how to think. Today’s chaotic and reactionary society is a case study for why this is a tragedy. Childhood education is lacking the most fundamental building block for the development of rational adults; deliberate instruction in critical thinking. Critical thinking is one of the most important skills we can develop. It is highly prized by employers and it is how we can take proactive control of our own lives, but it isn’t taught in a cohesive fashion to young people. After searching for an unbiased/apolitical homeschool lesson plan on the subject and coming up empty-handed, the author developed her own lesson plan and is now sharing it with anyone who may find it useful. This workbook aims to expose beginners to some of the most foundational concepts underpinning this crucial skill in a few concise chapters, including: deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning, logical fallacies, first principles, and more. A basic format for critical thinking is laid out in steps, followed by practice pages and room for the reader to record research resources. Students are encouraged to use this no-frills workbook as a starting point then research the topic independently in order to foster the development of their own critical thinking skills. This title is a solid first step on a life-long journey of discovery and capability. Give yourself or your children the gift of clarity and empowerment. It is indispensable in today’s world. Intended for independent learners.

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“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.” –George Carlin

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” –H.L. Mencken

 

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  1. Clown World says:

    Secular references :
    – logical fallacies
    – Aristotelian unities (time, place, purpose)

    Compare and contrast. Which one is not like the others:

    “…why is critical thinking important? First of all, that’s what almost every employer seeks.”
    – Tomaszewski, resume wrtier

    “Critical thinking is one of the most important skills we can develop. It is highly prized by employers…”
    – Dyreka Klaus

    “Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.”
    – George Carlin

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I consider it a lizard-brained thing to do, but there is a school of thought, in which all of your friends and enemies are monetized, as an asset or liability. I think, politics is identity politics and opportunism. Make it palpable. I want it now.

    (Critical thinking) “helps you decide what to believe in.”
    Here is an unusual approach to faith, which most of the Christians would probably find blasphemous:

    Honi the circle maker –
    h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRfV7XrGfBo

    Do you have enough faith, in any person or social cause or god, to be literal? I bet, obliging one of your employers (or politicos or intellectuals) is like nailing a fart to the wall. Haven’t you fulfilled your end of the social bargain? Measurably?

    I want to see a magic trick.

  2. Cueball says:

    about: blank

    Last fall I ran an ad in a trader magazine to sell an ATV that I no longer had any use for.

    After taking a few calls from low ballers, this kid calls me to inquire if it was still available.
    A couple hours later he shows up with his mom ,trailer in tow.

    Trailer in tow is always a good sign someone is seriously interested.

    The kid starts asking me all the usual questions , when I noticed a patch(not saying) on his jacket that might be suggestive of his sociopolitical inclination.

    One topic extrapolated into another and before I knew it 2 hours had passed …when his mother (not a helicopter parent) politely intervened.- Incidentally she had stayed in their SUV the whole time ,getting out once to stretch her legs.

    To say that I was impressed with this young man who might have been 15 yo. tops would be a huge understatement.
    I was throwing him changups and he was knocking them out of the park.

    There wasn’t any subject he couldn’t intelligently speak to history, science, 2A, Constitution, guns, politics, computers, etc….

    I am no expert on any of those subjects but know enough to detect when in the presence of someone thats is well read.

    It was like a game of speed chess,I was on the attack and he countered every move with a well thought out precision response.

    Anyone can read books and regurgitate talking points or some insignificant trendy idiom but I could tell this kid had thought all this stuff out thoroughly.

    He finally took the ATV for a spin ,bought it and didn’t ask me to come down on my price.

    Heck I was so impressed and felt a little guilty for not giving him more time to ask about the 4 wheeler…I probably would have given it to him had he ask.

    But yeah I am now certainly more aware than ever that I need to hone my outside the box think.
    It’s pretty bad when a 15 yo. schools yuh.

    In my defence did I mention that kid was home schooled?

  3. Kevin2 says:

    At job interviews they sometimes ask a question similar to this to determine if the applicant thinks or has just absorbed information and passed tests.

    “How many heads of lettuce are imported into NYC daily”?

    The wrong answers are some number pulled out of thin air or I have no idea.

    The correct sequence of logic is:

    Ok NYC has about 10 million people.
    Every 10th person eats some lettuce in some form daily be it a salad or on a sandwich. Therefore let’s say one 1 for every 100 people. That makes it 100,000 heads of lettuce assume no waste. Figure on 30% waste so it 130,000 heads daily.

  4. Genius says:

    Ya right, 85% of people (minimum) have absolutely 0.000 critical thinking ability. Fookin knuckledragging morons the lot of them. Humanity sucks and will die of their own stupidity.

  5. Andrea Iravani... says:

    I live in Wisconsin, the badger state, formally referred to as taxidea taxus, of significance since according to John Bolton, when Reince Preibus ( one of the three stooges from Wisconsin, the other two being Scott Walker, and wonky Paul Ryan who won’t answer questions that people ask because he ” doesn’t want to get to wonky) was breifing Trump on foreign policy Trump would frequently ask, “What do badgers eat, are they nice to people, or are they mean?

    It is just hysterical that this state animal is taxidea taxus! tax idea tax us! LOL! It’s the Wisconsin Idea!

  6. Andrea.Iravani. says:

    Please forward the article and book to all elected officials! Trump just pardoned Rod Blogoyovitch, because he said he seemed like a very nice guy because he saw his wife on TV! Meanwhile, Julian Assange is on the verge of death, and Chelsea Manning, and Joshua Schulte are in prison for being heroes shedding light on the actions of the scum like Blogoyovitch that Trump pardoned! He pardoned Milchen too!

    There are millions of people in jails and prisons for petty charges and even no charges at all!

    Trump said that he considers himself the cheif in law enforcement. Trump must have pardoned Milchen for Wall Street favorability ratings.

    This is infuriating from the point of view of the average American. This country does not deserve to survive!!! Neither does Trump!!!

    • Butch says:

      @ Andrea…And you would prefer? Maybe Hitlery or Mini Mike…Or maybe the communist Bernie…Or the other communist Pete Buttplug…What say you?…Cherrio, Butch

      • Clown World says:

        I could tell you that I have interesting friends, in interesting places. I could tell you that I have an inside line, sources that you will never know.

        But, the big names all fraternize with eachother, in all the banal, too-big-to-fail magazines, in all of life’s waiting rooms.

        The Bizarre World of Fake Martial Arts (with some mention of cults)
        h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1740&v=gjbSCEhmjJA&feature=emb_title

        Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose)
        h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6uVV2Dcqt0

        I think, an authoritarian, at the top of his game, full well recognizes the hope-ium and noble lie, as plain as day. The money interest is emotionally divested or sees it as a brain game like Sudoku or Checkers. All of the warm-and-fuzzies are coming from nice people, like you.

        • Andrea.Iravani. says:

          Since this article happens to be about critical thinking, I could tell you that broad generalizations of a specific group or class of people are reflective of poor critical thinking skills and are typically based on biassed fallacies.

          • Clown World says:

            Regardless, no skilled personality cultist literally believes in his own political platform, corporate philosophy, or religious doctrine, imo.

            Measure him, based on what you can experience, directly.

            • Andrea.Iravani..... says:

              Skilled personality cultist is a vague and insidious label. Your opinion is based on biased fallacies, since you do not know every business owner, entrepeneur, and person with political aspirations. If you happen to know of an organized crime ring, or a particular organization involvec in organized crime, it is safe to conclude that everyone within that particular organization is a criminal or is involved in the cover-up of organized crime if the main goal of that organization is criminal activity, or if everyone within that organization has witnessed or read about criminal activity within that particular organization, or even many organizations. However, that does not insinuate that every organization is a crime ring. Major institutions in America are inherently corrupt. Many low level employees with high turn over may be unaware, or are forced out once they have concluded that the organization is corrupt and are a perceived threat to corrupt individuals or management of the organization. A small business owner believes in what they are doing in many instances. There is a problem with organizations being infiltrated for the sole purpose of sabatoge, sometimes as a corporate double agent, or actor on behalf of a group that may wish to take over the organization for financial gain.

      • Andrea.Iravani. says:

        Butch,
        There is not a single candidate running that is not thoroughly corrupt. I am boycotting the election. I gave Trump a chance, since he was not a Washington insider, and regret it tremendously. I should have boycotted the 2016 election too. Trump has proven to be not only totally corrupt, but mentally incompetent as well, he belongs in an insane assylum. He proves it everyday.

        • Andrea.Iravani... says:

          Trump has consistently proven by way of his own actions two things, loyalty to Trump will land someone in prison and they will not be pardoned, and that attacking Trump as viciously as possible will be rewarded through cronyism, pardons for treason, bribery, and high crimes and that they will receive emoluments and political favors.

  7. TharSheBlows says:

    I’m a hyperactive and successful critical thinker, and explains why I have been self-employed for nearly 30 years. I’m always on guard for Fraud against me. And its everywhere daily, and I have not subscribed to Cable Lie TV in more than 5 years. Why subscribe or pay monthly to be lied to? Cut the cord and think for yourself. Don’t be a “sheep”, be the “Sheep Dog!”

  8. Montana Guy says:

    After 12 years of government indoctrination todays’ students have zero skills and are brainwashed to follow orders without thinking. They are perfect candidates for the U.S. Military. They are given weapons and great blood money far exceeding what any high school ‘graduate’ can make elsewhere. And when they finally leave the military they still can’t think and still have no marketable skills. Thus they continue slurping at the government trough.