Luong Van Can Fund organised the sharing of “Critital thinking”

“Critical thinking” is one of the most popular terms appearing in multitudinous soft skill course advertisements and guiding books. However, it is still being questioned whether critical thinking is just to seek loopholes and dispute opponent’s arguments.

In order to have a deeper insight into this thinking method, Luong Van Can Fund invited a guest speaker, Mr. Hoang Minh Thong, founder and director of Edspace, to come sharing about this topic at the venue of WeWork Sonatus (District 1) in the morning of 26/09/2020.

Many of the Fund’s counterparts such as Dieu Nguoc Gio, Officience and Edspace, together with JVN-LVCF scholars did attend the meeting.

The speaker started the session with an analysis of the definition “critical thinking”, which categorized humans’ brain into 2 systems: fast (instinct and intuition) and slow thinking (conclusion drawn on input analysis) with the latter requiring much effort to operate. Then, the session continued to answer how to know that our thinking process was on being. After a round of discussion, it was agreed that we were normally unaware of our thinking, but to see its reflection in forms of writing, speaking, drawing, singing, etc. Additionally, during the thinking reflection phases, people were attacked with such biases as prejudice and sophistry, thus misleading the substance of problem. Based on such a ground, Mr. Hoang Minh Thong put an emphasis on constantly reflect on ones’ thinking in contrast to others with a view to adopting the purist viewpoint possible.

Participating in a wide range of tasks, attendees were led to realized and regarded critical thinking as both a process and a state. The process in addressing a problem involved input receiving and processing, evidence seeking and comparison making before reaching conclusion. In each step, a critical state should be necessarily maintained in prevention of misleading. Having to meet such prerequisites, therefore, it was rather time and effort consuming to put critical thinking into practice.

The training session helped facilitated the participants with knowledge of thinking skills in general and critical thinking, in particular, thus developing a multidimensional viewpoint.