Decision-making through critical thinking

This book suggests a path for critical thinking that seeks answers to the following questions:

  1. What are the observations and the conclusion?
  2. What is the reasoning behind the conclusions?
  3. What words, phrases, or data are ambiguous in the observations?
  4. What are the value conflicts and assumptions inherent in the rationale?
  5. Are there any fallacies in the reasoning?
  6. How good is the evidence, and are it's sources trustworthy?
  7. Are there possible rival causes for the evidence which could lead to an alternative conclusion?
  8. Are the statistics deceptive?
  9. Is the confidence level of the assertions adequately articulated?
  10. What significant information is omitted?
  11. What reasonable conclusions are therefore possible?
  12. What are the risks associated with those conclusions?

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