This to be a Twitter thread, currently posted here, trying to reflect on, extend and also reconstruct a speak I offered at ‘Question Criticality’ Symposium in ~ Leeds
CentreCelt in November 2019 about criticality/critical thinking in he and broader contexts

We often laud critical thinking, see a lack of it as socially dangerous, and desperately argue because that students come ‘question more’. This seems choose an evident truth. It is normally accepted thus with philosophy: that this is a self-control basedonsearching questions. Socratic dialogues set this tone- and we room off. Yet to where? could we reframe Socratic and other questioning approaches as futile at best. Native climate-change deniers, different facts and also the distrust of experts, to ‘debate me’ Redditedge-lords, we have to up our gameina more sophisticated coupling of criticality the doesn’t contribute to this progress/species-endangering behaviours

The ‘change my mind’ and also debate-me voices greatly don’t want to adjust their mind, however want come *win*, or indulge in a performative display of contrarian, ‘edgy’ rhetoric.

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The ‘debate me’ dudes room addressed in this brief piece by
milesklee that I’d commend –

The ‘reply guy’ in part variants is framed as an attempt to debate – however as in the item by
chloebryan in (types 5 and 7 that the 9 species of reply guy seem to perhaps fit here?) – the men have arrived come *tell* females something, and also it’s pretty far from a dialogic undertaking that they engaging in.

Beyond this us see one more demand to do spaces for voices, no matter how transgressive, unwelcome, abusive or hurtful as not just a staple of Trump’s platform, but mirrored closely in Office for college student in the UK – a compelled ‘debate me’ society in higher Education maybe?


It’s hard to think the ‘being critical’ isn’t a score we have to aspire to for our students, but we need to do better. We can pause here and reflect ~ above what we want critique for. What actual dialogue is, and that no a surface ar performativity the changes nothing, and also isn’t open up to being readjusted itself.

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‘Marketplace of ideas’ is together a scrappy notion, that is provided as though it’s a id that is finish – quite than actually increasing myriad questions as to whose sector it is, what currency we salary in (attention?), whether we accept faulty and also misleading goods, whether ns am forced to hear every sales pitch, and also who owns the stalls. Next time we are tempted to popular music ‘critical thinking’ as a discovering outcome for a food – we might want to think around what we actually mean, and have our criticality obtain some specificity.