The following is in response to an article in a Blog post byGreg Ashman
In the article above Greg said:
“You need to know a lot of stuff in order to think critically about it. It is daft to set these up in opposition. As cognitive scientist Dan Willingham suggests, a child can think critically about something she knows about and a trained scientist can fail to think critically about something she does not know about."
My comment: I disagree with "one has to know a lot of stuff in order to think critically about it”. This is true about technical stuff. However even in technical stuff like engineering my reasoning for why ‘sink holes’ are created was not accepted by many qualified engineers in Malaysia (in fact not one engineer I discussed with agreed with me and at the same time no engineer disputed my findings recorded in my blog). My argument with doctors in our QEH 1 on using the ‘Vantage’ blood monitoring system wrongly was brushed aside until a young doctor heard my argument. I took upon the project management of Pekway and completed phase three of the project in 10 months as compared with the so called Australian builder who took about 2 years to complete a similar number of houses.As such, you do not need to know a lot of stuff about many things in order to think critically.