What’s wrong with critical thinking?

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readFeb 1, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“Where has critical thinking gone in our society? Why are people canceled out for thinking with critical thinking skills today?”

The problem with critical thinking is at least two-fold.

First of all, we are primarily emotional beings. Everything we do is influenced and determined by emotional impressions and the desires we want to fulfill. Our intellect and think is an auxiliary tool, aiding how we recognize, sort, and fulfill our desires.

Thus even the most intellectual and “critically thinking” person is fundamentally driven by one’s emotions.

Moreover, our emotions, our perception of reality, and our approach to everything is inherently egocentric and subjective. All our decisions and actions are based on 100% self-serging, self-justifying, and individualistic “pleasure/pain” calculations.

If we want to learn and acquire true “critical thinking”, we would need to acquire a unique and unprecedented, selfless, and objective outlook on reality and the world. And since it will still be based on desires and emotional impressions since we cannot change our basic “modus operandi”, we need to start perceiving and experiencing the world “outside of ourselves”, through the desires and viewpoints of others.

This is possible to achieve with the right, purposeful, and practical scientific method that can help us liberate ourselves from the inherently egocentric, subjective, and individualistic bubbles we were born into.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.