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Talking Dictionary460. Put On Your Thinking Cap


460. The speaker was addressing a roomful of teachers. He said, "'Thinking' and 'thinking critically' aren't the same. For example, if you're thinking about what day it is, that's not thinking critically." He instantly heard some murmuring. A teacher said, "But that isn't even an example of 'thinking.' If you're thinking about what day it is, you're just trying to remember. Now, remembering may be a part of thinking, but it's not really thinking." He asked, "Well, how can it be a part of thinking without being thinking?" She said, "A wheel is part of a car, but it's not a car. It's just a wheel." He said, "Yes, but you can't compare 'thinking' to a car, can you? One is a process, and the other is a product." She said, "You're right about that. I think I'm going to have to think about this some more." He said, "Me too." 4.2


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