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Description: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, instead of getting vaccinated against Covid-19 followed an immune system strengthening regime (not entirely proven effective) and, when asked if he was vaccinated said he was immunized but avoided any mention of vaccination. Rodgers claimed be is not a flat-earther or an anti-vaxer but that he IS a critical thinker. Does his behavior fit with your definition of critical thinking? If you think not, then you agree with the position of the author of the article linked below. Read the article and see what he has to say about Arron Rodger’s behavior and thought processes and, more importantly, what he has to say about critical thinking and about how you can more consistently apply solid critical thinking skills to your own decision making processes.

Source: Aaron Rodgers dropped the ball on critical thinking – with a little practice you can do better, Joe Arvai, The Conversation.

Date: December 1, 2021

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So, did your thoughts about the nature of critical thinking and the lack of same demonstrated by Aaron Rodgers line up with the thoughts and research data provided by the author of the linked article? Have you committed to the three ingredients of critical thinking (i.e., 1. Balance your instinctive reactions, 2. Follow important basic principles of information search and use, and 3. Now when to outsource your critical thinking)? It is worth thinking about setting up your own bootcamp for better critical thinking, … your decision making will improve!

Questions for Discussion:

  1. In what ways to the statements attributed to Aaron Rodgers regarding vaccination and Covid immunity NOT reflect critical thinking?
  2. What does effective critical thinking involve and what would using more of it do for you?
  3. What can people do to improve their critical thinking skills and are you going to take any of this advice?

References (Read Further):

Cohen, A. S., Lutzke, L., Otten, C. D., & Árvai, J. (2021). I Think, Therefore I Act: The Influence of Critical Reasoning Ability on Trust and Behavior During the COVID‐19 Pandemic. Risk Analysis. Link

Árvai, J., & Gregory, R. (2021). Beyond choice architecture: A building code for structuring climate risk management decisions. Behavioural Public Policy, 5(4), 556-575. Link

Bessette, D. L., Wilson, R. S., & Arvai, J. L. (2021). Do people disagree with themselves? Exploring the internal consistency of complex, unfamiliar, and risky decisions. Journal of Risk Research, 24(5), 593-605. Link

Drummond, C., & Fischhoff, B. (2019). Does “putting on your thinking cap” reduce myside bias in evaluation of scientific evidence?. Thinking & Reasoning, 25(4), 477-505. Link

Lutzke, L., Drummond, C., Slovic, P., & Árvai, J. (2019). Priming critical thinking: Simple interventions limit the influence of fake news about climate change on Facebook. Global Environmental Change, 58, 101964. Link

Baron, J. (1993). Why Teach Thinking?‐An Essay. Applied Psychology. Link  

Nold, H. (2017). Using Critical Thinking Teaching Methods to Increase Student Success: An Action Research Project. International Journal of teaching and learning in Higher Education, 29(1), 17-32. Link