theCriticalThought.com May 2017          Tom Ersin, Managing Editor
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Purpose


Why do we go to all of this trouble?


Now that you’ve stumbled upon our magazine, there are a few things we want to talk about regarding communication and the media. We’re sure most of you have a strong background in the three R’s: reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. But at theCT, we’ve expanded that formula to include the three R’s, two C’s, and a T: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and critically thoughtful communication (CTC). We define this as communication that consistently incorporates the principles of critical thinking and best supports the ethical, accurate transfer of information. Moreover, I know you are, but what am I?

Critically thoughtful communication does not involve intellectual hoop-jumping or mental gymnastics that only lawyers, philosophers, or Mensa members can understand. It is a simple form of critical thinking that anyone can use to cut through the uncastrated adult male bovine excreta and get to the most accurate possible version of the truth regarding any given issue or question.

If You Remember Nothing Else

CTC constitutes the trunk of the communication tree. When this trunk is weakened, branches break or die — or get misquoted. This initialism, CTC, represents the foundation of accurate, ethical information exchange. Make this initialism your best friend. Put aside time for it. When it is speaking to you, give it your full attention, as if it were the most important initialism on earth. Compliment it now and then on a new outfit. Surprise your initialism occasionally: send the kids to Grandma's and plan an intimate rendezvous at home, just the two of you. But never, EVER, dispute your initialism's word when the two of you are with friends.



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We define critically thoughtful communication as communication that consistently incorporates the principles of critical thinking and best supports the ethical, accurate transfer of information. Moreover, I know you are, but what am I?

 

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