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Try it risk-free Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it.
After reading several reports, you've found that scientific studies on whether vitamin C prevents the common cold have been conducted, and the results have been inconsistent.
The overall conclusion found from these studies is that vitamin C is necessary for maintaining overall body function, but cannot be held responsible for preventing people from getting any colds or treating a cold once someone already has one.For starters, we don't know where the idea for vitamin C stopping illness even came from.Why did your aunt decide to take vitamin C rather than vitamin D, or any other vitamin?' and 'Are there alternative possibilities when given new pieces of information?' Additionally, critical thinking can be divided into the following three core skills: Many people decide to make changes in their daily lives based on anecdotes, or stories from one person's experience.Many people hearing this story would just accept this and think, 'To avoid getting sick I should take vitamin C.' Although this type of logic is very common, it lacks critical-thinking skills.If we examine this anecdote a little more carefully, you should be able to understand why.After your investigative reporting, you decide to show your aunt that her beliefs on vitamin C are erroneous by presenting the results of your research.If your aunt is like most people, she will hear this scientifically-valid evidence and still insist that her idea about cold prevention through vitamin C is correct based on her personal experience.People who use critical thinking are the ones who say things such as, 'How do you know that?Is this conclusion based on evidence or gut feelings?