Bias Effects Critical Thinking

A person’s bias can affect their critical thinking abilities as follows:

  1. Clarity: Using examples that prove a point and ignoring examples that counter it
  2. Accuracy: Not checking the facts that support a point
  3. Precision: Ignoring details that may contradict a point
  4. Relevance: Using information that does not directly support a point
  5. Depth: Skimming the surface of the point, whether researching further into information that may contradict it
  6. Breadth: Ignoring other points of view
  7. Logic: Using steps to argue the point that don’t make sense
  8. Fairness: Having an emotional investment in the point

About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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