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St. Paul Critical Thinking Club February Meeting

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.

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  • Rob S

    A great speaker who presented his thoughts very well

    February 6, 2012

  • Dan

    Julie and I both enjoyed the lecture in both content an delivery. I'm relieved to see George in action in controlling banter and input from the group. Those constant interruption take much from the delivery..way to go George! I'm in George's action utilitarian camp.

    February 6, 2012

  • Bob S.

    Rigerous presentation causing one to think.

    February 6, 2012

  • Gwen W.

    George gave a well prepared and interesting talk. A lot of the emphasis went beyond critical thinking to ethics and morals, but those were connected topics and also well presented. I also appreciated the handout.

    February 6, 2012

  • Tom R

    Good exercise in thinking. I even learned about several different types of ethical thinking.

    February 6, 2012

  • Jo M.

    Excellent presentation by George Kane. Informative and exceptionally well thought out. Outstanding method by which to do follow up table topics - kept the focus on critical thinking.

    February 6, 2012

  • DON L.

    Informal presentation provided more interaction/discussion at our table. Subject matter was timely and offers a base for additional presentations on Ethics.

    February 6, 2012

  • Jo M.

    I'm always skeptical of predictions that people will be upset at something. How do you know? I'd rather just be told what the topic is, and not be told how I'm going to react to it. I look forward to the session for what I hope will be intellectual rigor, and I appreciate having my thinking challenged. So I don't expect to be upset. I expect to learn something.

    January 9, 2012

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