The Best Critical Thinking Definitions We’ve Seen on the Web

by | Mar 13, 2018 | Critical Thinking

What is critical thinking? How can I foster it in my students and staff? What does it look like when it’s being done right? What are some of the best critical thinking definitions I can find?

Sometimes the best understanding comes by observing. What we’ve done is assemble an homage to some of the best critical thinking definitions. See classic quotes in our Hall of Words, then catch an exploratory video in the Hall of Lectures. You can even test your knowledge in the Hall of Meaning or the Hall of Games. No matter how you approach it, you’ll find this informative little gallery answers many of your questions about critical thinking.

The Hall of Words



Critical Thinking Definitions from Goodreads

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”—Christopher Hitchens

“There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?”—C. JoyBell C.


“Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking in order to make your thinking better.”—Richard W. Paul

“Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.”—Miguel Ruiz

The Hall of Meaning

Explore these essays on critical thinking and its deeper meaning.

The Hall of Infographics






The Hall of Lectures

The Hall of Play

So concludes the virtual tour of our online museum honouring critical thinking definitions. You now know more about its history, meaning, interpretations, and practice. We also saw examples of how critical thinking is being utilized in classes through real-world project based learning. We even had a little fun with some lateral puzzles to get us to think critically. Thanks for taking the tour.

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