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If anyone is wondering where to find the topic of “open-minded inquiry,” please use the following link:
Open-Minded Inquiry
https://app.box.com/s/jzzllqoo24glsxzjkxixsp8t4qv8m7x6 (Links to an external site.) Valuable Intellectual Traits
https://app.box.com/s/gdee2otvfuqq7ipiauceflyaq5xhb40u (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
There are three options for this discussion form below:
Valuable Intellectual Traits
Though it has focused on arguments, this course is not merely designed to give skills and tools for creating arguments; it is designed to create critical thinkers. Critical thinking is not merely a set of tools, but a habit of mind based on carefully reasoning about what is true and how best to live. It is an approach to life based in careful thought (Vic Le vine, 2012). In other words, it is possible to use the lessons from this course to genuinely live better and smarter lives. This discussion is designed to explore some of the virtues of mind that one can develop as a result of developing the habit of critical thinking.
Prepare: In addition to using the readings and scenarios of this course, take a close look at the web pages associated with the Foundation for Critical ThinkingLinks to an external site. website.
Reflect: Search within the website for the pages associated with the options below, and Reflect how each can help you to live a better life. Choose one of the four topics below and develop the ideas in the page into a plan for implementing it into your life more.
Write: Choose ONE of the topics below from the Critical Thinking Community website and address the prompts underneath.
Prompt Option 1: Purpose, Point of View, and Decisions
Outline a problem that you currently face or have faced recently. Define the assumptions that you have about this issue. Explain your point of view, and outline the information that you have analyzed in relation to this problem. Finally, explain the implications that have arisen or will arise when you respond to this problem. How can critical thinking help you to address this problem in a healthier and more intelligent manner? (Here is a good example of such an approach: Steven Brookfiend on Critical Thinking [link to video: http://vimeo.com/65688214Links to an external site. ]).
Prompt Option 2 :Valuable Intellectual Traits Of the valuable intellectual traits listed in the online readings from this week, identify three of them that you can further strengthen. Explain the traits, and then describe how you will attempt to implement actions in your life that will maximize those intellectual virtues. How can each of them make your life better? Will you be more likely to find truth by developing them?
Prompt 3 Option: Open-Minded Inquiry
Using the online reading “Open-minded Inquiry,” identify what you consider to be the three most important attributes that one must have as he or she approaches problems. Explain why you think these attributes are the three most important, and describe examples from your own life, or from the lives of those you know, in which people failed to display those attributes. How will learning this virtue improve your life and relationships with others? Will it help you to find more truth?
Guided Response: Respond substantively to at least three of your classmates’ posts in a way that furthers the conversation. For example, you might discuss what you learned from their musings and how you have learned from similar experiences. You might add to the understanding of the points they have raised. You might comment on the value of the intellectual traits they have discussed. You might discuss how these traits can help us to be more successful in our daily lives. You might comment on some aspect of the Chapter or any other resources you have used during this course as they may relate to the discussion. Enjoy.
Using the models above, instructors are welcome to develop their own prompt that they feel best addresses the points and purposes of week five of this course.

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