I had an interesting email correspondence recently with a reader of this blog, wherein they made the observation that, in their professional field, individuals (and perhaps, even the companies they work for) have been exhibiting a shrinking – maybe even losing their – knowledge base; seemingly getting less competent over time. At first, as the reader suggests, it didn’t make sense, but as more information was transferred back and forth among relevant individuals, patterns in their thinking emerged, leading the reader to infer that there may be a loss of critical thinking (CT) in their industry; thus, emphasising the importance of CT in real-world scenarios. What the reader postulated as a potential cause for all of this was that people are perhaps becoming less and less able to filter out ‘noisy’, peripheral information from the ‘good’ stuff (i.e. relevant, accurate information). For example, the rise of social media begets a rise in people processing novel information in a … [Read more...] about Are We Getting Worse at Critical Thinking?