Critical thinking is the process of evaluating evidence to arrive at justified conclusions. The point has been made been made in this Club many times over the years that we must not confuse ‘justified conclusions’ with ‘certainty.’ In math we may attain certainty, but when predicting future events the best that we can ever do is to reduce doubt to reach a high level of confidence. Inevitably, we will sometimes be wrong.
Yet it is often difficult to admit our errors, particularly concerning ethical decisions. People who pride themselves on critical thinking often justify their actions as “well intended,” regardless of how badly their consequences played out. This habit of thought degrades the decision-making process that should be part of all ethical reasoning.
George Kane will present examples of consequential ethical reasoning that will variously upset and anger most of those in attendance – but that’s OK! Look upon it as your opportunity to shred his charlatanry with your own superior knowledge and remorseless logic.
George Kane has been a member of the Critical Thinking Club since its beginning. He was a presenter at the Club’s first meeting, and has presented in every calendar year.
Breakfast Buffet $10.00 Coffee only $3.00. We need to plan for the room setup and meal, so if you are going to attend, please RSVP.