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  • A process of discerning information in a balanced manner that employs curiosity, logic, open-mindedness, and skepticism and, therefore, discards bias, prejudice, and preconceived notions. Critical thinking is essential to everyday life tasks and decisions, both commonplace and academic, and its use is encouraged by professionals in many fields, including educators and health and mental health practitioners. While it does not guarantee arriving at the truth, it is an effective means of searching for it.

    Critical thinking requires the development of interdependent mental skills. Initially, a critical thinker needs to be able to make claims—declarative sentences that can be true or false but not both and do not depend on personal sentiment. A critical thinker also needs to be able to define words and terms.

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