Here's to a good time, a good life, and a good death.
Have you ever taken that critical thinking class in college that, well you know, didn’t really teach you anything useful. It’s that type of course that is typically listed as part of your general education curriculum that everyone has to complete. And no matter how optimistic you try to be to learn whatever you can, you end up walking away completely dissatisfied. Well, that was me. Freshman year enrolled in GISAT (General Information in Science and Technology) 101 with the popular Eric Pappas. What made him so popular? Well, he was/and still is known to be an incredibly easy professor. Yet, in a twist of irony, this particular course was to satisfy the mandatory “critical thinking” cluster component of the Gen-Ed program. The course was a nice compilation of over-hyped, non-conforming, liberal bulls***. Literally, the first day, the professor spent over 50% of the lecture defending himself over an accusation that was made the prior semester by assuring the class that he genuinely was pro-women’s rights (whatever he meant by that). If I remember correctly, the guy had a liberal arts degree. I mean the man himself was as unqualified as Arnold Schwarzennegger governing the state of California, but I digress.
That same semester, however, I stumbled upon GECON (General Economics) 200. This course was the intro to macroeconomics course that covered the basic theory of macroeconomics. I learned far more in the first day of that class than I learned the entire semester in GISAT 101. Why? Because I was actually given the analytical tools that open the door to thinking. My economics professor, extraordinarily well-versed in his field, spent the day going over different stories about parts of Africa and related them to institutional aspects of economics.
That day alone transformed my path for the remainder of my college studies. Soon, I became an Economics major and started to learn the basic ways to approach problems, ask questions, and expose assumptions.
Critical thinking involves knowing how to judge someone’s argument without the necessary in depth knowledge that the argument makes use of or requires. Something that is very difficult to do correctly. Choosing a discipline that models different interactions helps with the process of discovering and exposing underlying assumptions. Diversity in experiences and increased exposure to outside concepts helps develop a strong knowledge base for critical thinking.
My goal is to synthesize a great deal of my philosophy into writing to help others consider thinking about religion and morality in new frameworks.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
– Marcus Aurelius