It’s hard to say whether the internet contains more good resources than bad, but anytime we highlight a good resource, we help nudge the inequality a little. So here’s a cat video. Just kidding! This website, “Critical Thinking Web,” stands out among many similar sites for it’s ease-of-use, rigor and interactive design. If you want to explore the world of logic and analytical thinking (and more!), this is a wonderful playground. I’ve used it as a supplement in my philosophy and logic courses.
Founded in 2004 by Dr. Joe Lau of Hong Kong University, the site offers help with:
Here’s what the site authors say about their purpose:
We believe that the promotion of critical thinking ought to be a central aim of education, and that free and open online educational resources will make the world a better place. We offer more than 100 tutorials on critical thinking and creativity.
I couldn’t agree more! If you’re a parent, I recommend introducing your kids to these skills early — middle school is ideal. That’s when they are old enough to grasp abstract reasoning, but young enough to still believe that you aren’t an idiot.
One of my favorite resources for practice in deductive thinking and problem solving is the “Knights and Knaves” puzzle. Lau’s website features a Knights and Knaves puzzle generator, which was created by my friend Zach Ernst.
I hope you’ll visit the website. You’re sure to find something interesting!