Assumptions and Fallacies
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March 17, 2013
Eric Castle
Assumptions and Fallacies
Assumptions are a thought or discovery that one may have with no logical proof to back it up with. We may assume that something will go one way or the other merely because that is how it has always been. Taking things for granted will lead to assuming. We may think we know that if one result leads to another, than this other result probably leads to yet another. Assumptions are not always negative however; they are not credible, either. Before assuming anything is one way, one should stop; find evidence and conduct research before acting on any type of assumption. Some may say that their intuition is an assumption and they rely on that. These are usually the assumptions that will most likely, be proven wrong. One should never rely on an assumption. The definition of assumption is “something taken for granted; a supposition: a correct assumption. Synonyms: presupposition; hypothesis, conjecture, guess, postulate, theory” (Assumptions, dictionary.com, 2013).
Assumptions interfere with critical thinking when we follow only assumptions and not the facts. Too critically think and have achieve successful results, one must think inside and outside the box, ask the right questions at the right time and be sure that the answers they are receiving are accurate. To ensure this type of accuracy, assumptions must not be made and facts must be discovered. Although assuming anything without the facts is not reliable and has no credibility, it is a positive start to the critical thinking process. Start researching all of the assumptions present and this will create a list of the questions to choose from in order to ask the right questions. One must be careful of their assumptions, they tend to allow one to judge others wrongfully and create unnecessary hurt or drama. It is up to each individual to know when they are assuming and when they have the facts in order to critically think...