Critical Thinking: What is it? Should it be a mandatory subject? How can we teach it? How can we measure it?
In democracy, there is a human right everyone seems to think is simple enough, but in actuality encompasses two directly contradictory ideas. I refer to, “the vote is a universal human right”. It is actually two separate rights:
How could you not be excited and interested in the ongoing construction project that is human civilisation? How can you not be bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and passionately determined to place down your own brick in this massive, ever-growing edifice, and make sure that it is the largest, thickest, sturdiest brick you could possibly make it? How could you just lie down and sunbake on top of the backs of the millions of people that form the human pyramid of herculean efforts that produced our current standard of living?
When most people are faced with the question of why it is alright to harm animals for human benefit (eg for a steak dinner, or for medical science), the most common response I have heard is that it is the intelligence that makes the difference.