19 November, 2006

Cynicism versus Critical Thinking

In relation to social interactions, what is the difference between cynicism versus critical thinking? At first glance, they both look for deeper meaning and motivation beyond what is presented on the surface. So why do cynics get a bad rap, while critical thinkers are praised? Simply put, while both look for the actual motivation behind actions, cynics discount a large portion of possibilities, including the stated reasons. Critical thinkers, on the other hand, explore all possibilities. Further still, cynics rarely look for evidence to support their belief, which is usually in the worst possible reason, while critical thinkers look for the evidence before deciding on any reasons. So, keeping this in a sociological frame, where do skeptics fit?

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