This makes them more receptive to information, better listeners and learners.
Skepticism means you always demand evidence and don’t simply accept what others tell you.
At the same time, the Enlightenment also came with many downsides, particularly the fact that it was so hostile to tradition.
This hostility is understandable given the state of Europe at the time — ripped apart by bloody conflict between different religions, and oppressed by traditional monarchs who rooted their power in that of the Church.
After all, rejecting tradition Traditions provide valuable resources for critical thinking, and without them it would be impossible.
Think about this: the English language is a tradition, and without it you wouldn’t be sitting there reading these (hopefully useful) words about critical thinking!90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars.One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary.In one episode of , Cartman becomes obsessed with conspiracy theories and sings a song about needing to think for himself and find out the truth.The show is poking fun at conspiracy theorists, who often think that they are exercising critical thinking when in fact they are simply exercising too much skepticism towards common sense and popular beliefs, and not enough skepticism towards new, unnecessarily complicated explanations.At the same time, skepticism has to be inwardly focused as well!You have to be equally skeptical of your own beliefs and instincts as you are of others’.So critical thinking absolutely depends on traditions.There’s no question that critical thinking means something Until Einstein, no physicist was ever more influential than Isaac Newton.