It’s a discipline of intellect but it is also an emotional discipline; they’re forever linked.

Critical thinking is necessary but it cannot be severed entirely from emotions. One must take emotions into account throughout the process and consider their impact. It’s cognitive science here; our emotions and reasoning systems are forever linked together. People with damaged amygdalas cannot make decisions properly because there is a limited emotional “push” to get them to “true/ false” or to “certainty”.

So they waffle back and forth even over simple decisions. I could find the study but it’s just the nature of our cognitive systems. Emotion is always there and required for any rational thinking and hence, always a part of critical thinking.

It’s a discipline of intellect but it is also an emotional discipline; they’re forever linked. Ok, that is the answer to the 2 out of 3. I’ll move to #1.

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