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May 1, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Critical thinking tools in policy debate

1. Asking why?
2. Imagine a world if….. (Kant: universalized. works well for principles and for ideologies)
3. Breaking down (you sometimes have to create component parts) & hypothesizing
4. Logic/syllogism.
5. Association/Linking
6. Metaphors & analogies
7. Contrasts, Juxtapositions, Descriptions, Characterizations
8. Types of proof: Intuition, experience, history, known evidence & theory (economics, history, psychology, etc..)
9. Cross-application (ie our evidence proves)
10. Role play (imagine you were X person)
11. Description & Context–make concrete & clear
12. What are the assumptions? What are the biases?

1. Think like a matrix
2. Think like a spider/Mindmap (links-reasons-impacts-comparisons & prioritizations)
3. Think like chess/Think to the next level/Begin with the end in mind.

* Reading makes you better at creating arguments & hypothesizing.
** Think like a fibonacci sequence
***Two types of theory. Debate theory. Academic theory.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 11 2013 4:50 am

    This is the main post under this topic:

    I think some of the strategic thinking posts may have similar methods to my meta-level suggestions.

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