The Doubting Game And The Mind When Reading The Is Not Outside The Realm Of Possibility

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“Highly unlikely, but not outside the realm of possibility”-David Duchovny. This familiar phrase from the popular nineties television show “The X-Files” manifested itself in my mind when reading the article that profoundly influenced the University of Central Arkansas’ Honors Program, Peter Elbow’s abridged version of “The Doubting Game and the Believing Game—An Analysis of the Intellectual Enterprise (Excerpts)”. Though on a much more theatrical and improbable level, this show relates to the Honors curriculum and Elbow’s paper with the same basic, parallel theme: doubt verses belief. In keeping this mindset, we can see: how Elbow’s proposal differs from “critical thinking” today, what can be assumed about the nature of truth and human intellectual processes, and a personal example of “methodical belief” and whether the “doubting game” could have been helpful. When observing both the “doubting” and “believing” aspects of Elbow’s proposal and the common “critical thinking” method, we can see that Elbow’s ideals utilize basic human instinct within the mind to reach a goal; whereas critical thinking downplays these crucial aspects. To see how his proposal differs, we must first reiterate the term “critical thinking”. Critical thinking can best be defined in the dictionary as “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment”. The key component in this phrase is “objective” meaning you do not depend solely on the mind for existence, but rather…

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