This article argues that too many people in the modern world are fearful of new ideas and criticism of existing ideas—everybody should learn to embrace critical thinking as it is a vital component of democracy.


This article by Frances Coleman, writing for, makes the following points:
  • Challenging ideas can show you that your view of the world may be wrong, incomplete or contradictory.
  • Asking hard questions is always uncomfortable, but forbidding critical thinking is dangerous.
  • Challenging your ideas, or challenging a popular doctrine, is necessary to develop a critically thinking and free society.


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