Critical Thinking and Ethics
June 22, 2016
Critical Thinking and Ethics
The human race has come a long way from the basic instincts of survival to the inventions such as cars and telephones to improve the quality of life. The skill of critical thinking was used in such devices as well as the innovations to improve the products. There are many definitions of critical thinking; some are just a brief statement, and some are described in over one hundred words. However, the primary definition of critical thinking is defined as disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded and ...view middle of the document...
Creating is the last and most important step to critical thinking. Innovators use this step of the thinking process on previous inventions to change or improve in a unique way.
Critical thinking is a beneficial skill to use in either a personal or professional setting. For example, Air Traffic Controllers utilize critical thinking every day. Controllers constantly have to analyze different situations to find better solutions to keep all aircraft in the air and on the ground safe. A controller has to be creative in sequencing aircraft properly with the minimal separation, which can become difficult depending on the amount of aircraft on frequency within the controller’s airspace. Critical thinking is very beneficial in this line of work and is crucial to the solutions to keep traffic flow steady and reduce possible loss of separation.
When applying critical thinking, one has to remain ethical in all aspects of the process. When a controller is handling an emergency in a fast pace situation, each decision being made has to be the right one to ensure safety. Making a decision without looking at all aspects of the case could lead to more injuries or death. “Decision-making, in today’s world, is many times a disorganized, impulsive process that results in making conclusions without the necessary information and analysis.” (Moore, 2010, p.6). This concept not only applies in a professional environment but also when practicing social responsibility. Social responsibility is achieved when decisions or actions are ethically validated before they are made. Knowing one’s personal ethics can help in preventing bad decision-making. After completing the online ethical lens inventory, I learned that my blind spot was that I tend to think one solution that fixed a small problem could also fix a huge problem. I also tend to make unrealistic role expectations on people without realizing they can make different mistakes. This preconception could influence my decision- making in a negative way when I am controlling and ask an aircraft to do something that is unfamiliar and complicated to the pilot. The inventory also stated that I balance my reasoning skills (rationality) and my intuition (sensibility) equally to ensure fair treatment to everyone (equality).
Remaining ethical during the critical thinking process is key to being successful both professionally and socially. Following the six steps of thinking with help individuals to navigate through the process to find the best possible solution. Thinking divergently throughout the process will assist the individual in opening up creatively and discover different positive outcomes. Applying critical thinking throughout education, work, and personal lives will contribute to a person’s success.
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