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Role of Organizing in Critical Thinking It is possible that a process drives critical thinking more fundamental than natural order We are dealing here with that perennial question with which each generation pesters the previous one What came first the chicken or the egg A persistent child can drive far beyond the answer Ask your mother forcing one to explain why there is no correct answer How we chose to answer will deal with the way we organize our thoughts Nature and mental orders Natural order can be broken down into four groupings topical analogical chronological and causal Topical order is when most things fall into a natural order Salmon swim upstream to span Analogical order is when things are grouped by similarities Between a light bulb and a candle Chronological order takes place through time Putting on your shoes then tying the laces Causal order is when our brain looks for causes and effects We hear a tire squelch and look for the car that made the noise Steps in organizing When the brain needs to organize the data it has gathered it goes through a three-step process to make sense of the information cluster analyze and prioritize When we cluster we are grouping items by similarities and by what naturally seems to belong together After the items are grouped these clusters are analyzed to see if the items are grouped the way they should be in the proper order if information should be added or deleted The last step is to prioritize the analyzed clusters This is like the outline of a paper Using orders When we want to tell a story about what happened we usually use chronological order The use of chronological order is probably the most used order We use it to set a natural progression of ideas The next order used is the analogical order We use this order when using clusters to find similarities in ideas When we
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