The Importance Of Critical Thinking Skills For Today 's Special Operations Forces

795 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
The ability to apply critical thinking skills is paramount for today’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) leaders. By utilizing critical thinking skills, leaders can quickly determine the root of a problem, develop courses of action, and ensure they are not being influenced by internal or external bias. These techniques can be used regardless of the immediacy of a problem; whether a problem needs a solution in fifteen seconds, or fifteen days, the use of critical thinking skills can still help guide the leader to the proper solutions. According to Haselton, Nettle, and Andrews (2005), “Humans, like other animals, see the world through the lens of evolved adaptations.” The term for those lenses in our thought processes is cognitive bias, and they shape how we perceive the world and receive information. In addition, there are logical fallacies that seep into arguments and information that must be identified and avoided. Fallacies like the Appeal to Authority, where an expertise in one area is carried over into an unrelated one, or the Slippery Slope, where a single action is erroneously correlated to an eventual outcome, are common examples we must be aware of in order to avoid. Furthermore, to be true critical thinkers, we need to be aware of our natural inclination towards bias and the common logical fallacies. A tool that helps us self-regulate and mitigate is to apply intellectual standards to our thought. The intellectual standards are a necessity to clear thinking as…

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