Critical Thinking and Society Exercise

Critical Thinking and Society Exercise

Critical Thinking and Society Exercise
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PHL/458
June 4, 2012
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Critical Thinking and Society Exercise
Describe a situation in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome. Describe why it is important to think critically and creatively in similar situations.
Alaska’s economy in the summer is in many ways driven by tourists visiting the state. A few years back the Alaska legislators enacted a head tax on visitors who arrive to the state. The $50. Per passenger tax was to go to projects that benefited the cruise line industry. Two problems arose from this ill-conceived tax; legislators could not find enough projects to put the funds to.   Bradner,T, (2009) Par 10, along with this the downturn in the economy along with higher costs caused many cruise line companies to reconsider their Alaska destinations. If the legislators approached the cruise line companies and asked them for specific projects that would benefit their industry before levying a tax and then looking for projects they may have helped bolster the industry instead of hurting it. By thinking critically one considers the outcome and the effect ones decisions have. Also a creative thinker would look for inventive ways to accomplish goals that would have better outcomes than following the usual procedure.  
Define free will, truth, knowledge, and opinion. Explain how we use them to form thoughts.
Free will is the ability to free oneself from the influences or conditioning of others these can be; people, culture, or society. Though, as Ruggiero, V. R. (2009) indicates “all human action is directed by some sort of conditioning” pg26 it is important to try to think as an individual and be motivated to think things out creatively. Truth is what everyone who has investigates on a thing agrees on as being the truth at that time. This is not saying later or in the future a new fact will become clear either modifying or changing the truth to what it...

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