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January 11, 2013 02:14 PM

Thinking critically about ‘critical thinking’

by Roger Kimball, from Roger's Rules

Reader advisory: this is a long post . . . ‘Directionless quibble’? ‘We must never’, Bismarck is said to warned, ‘look into the origins of laws or sausages’. Sage advice, I’ve always thought (and no pun intended with that ‘sage’)—but how much at odds it is with the dominant current of modern thought, which is to [...]

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