Applied Critical Thinking in Graduate School

I believed I was a critical thinker, until I got into graduate school.

The biggest lesson was to question authority. It is a systematic process to clarify goals, examine assumptions, look for hidden values, evaluate evidence, proactively accomplish tasks and evaluate conclusions [(Fluid intelligence)]()[1]().

If you do things right, you will be challenging other researchers work. It is a very valuable experience. As long your ideas have reasoning and insight behind them, any good researcher will respect it. It is a good experience because you will be able to learn to talk to authoritative figures, about their area of focus, at their level.

On the flip side, it is always great to have very smart people challenging your assumptions.

[1](): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluid_and_crystallized_intelligence