Logical Thinking, Why Is It Essential?

Why bother to learn about logical thinking? Does it really matter and does it really help anyone? Yes, it does - and there are several good reasons to take the time to learn about it. (10 minutes activity)

Why bother to learn about logical thinking? Does it really matter and does it really help anyone? Yes, it does – and there are several good reasons to take the time to learn about it.

The most obvious benefit from studying this subject is that it can allow you to improve the quality of the arguments you use. When you create logically unsound arguments, you are much less likely to convince people that you have a valid point to make or get them to agree with you.

Further, the ability of logical thinking allows you to challenge people making claims which you think are suspect, but you would otherwise have difficulty in explaining why. That won’t always be easy, because we often have a heavy emotional and psychological investment in some beliefs, regardless of their validity. Still, having such tools at your disposal can only aid you in this process.

It has been observed that the importance of logics is underestimated in some parts of our education system, especially in the schooling. Due to lack of its implementation during that phase of education life, training in logical thinking skills is therefore grossly neglected.

Logical thinking is the process in which one uses reasoning consistently to come to a conclusion. There are problems or situations that involve logical thinking call for structure, for relationships between facts, and for chains of reasoning that “make sense.”

Training in logical thinking encourages learners to think for themselves, to question hypothesis, to develop an alternative hypothesis and to test that hypothesis against known facts.

It has been proven that specific training in logical thinking processes can make people “smarter.” Logical thinking allows a child to reject quick answers, such as “I don’t know,” or “this is too difficult,” by empowering them to delve deeper into their thinking processes and understand better the methods used to arrive at a solution and even the solution itself.

We bring to you some fun exercises to test your skills in this area. We will come up with more such fun learning activities.

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