How to Become a More Logical Being (By Mr. O. C. Isaac)
Updated: Nov 16
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What is a logical being?
A logical being is a person who consistently applies logical thinking and reasoning in their thoughts, actions, and decision-making processes. Such an individual tends to prioritize rationality, evidence-based thinking, and sound argumentation in their approach to various aspects of life.
Being a logical being involves cultivating a mindset that values logic and critical thinking as essential tools for problem-solving, understanding the world, and making informed choices. It's a commitment to reducing biases, avoiding fallacious reasoning, and continuously improving one's ability to think logically.
How to become more logical
One of the major ways to becoming more logical is to engage in critical thinking. Critical thinking is a cognitive skill and mindset that involves actively and objectively analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing information and arguments to make reasoned judgments and decisions.
Here are some of the key elements of critical thinkers:
Questioning: Critical thinkers ask questions to gain a deeper understanding. They question assumptions, motives, evidence, and conclusions.
(Mr. Rubinshtein's Note: It may be reasonable, at least in philosophy, to question everything in the name of the truth. That includes the very basic elements such as our social nature)
Evidence-based: They rely on evidence and data to support their judgments and avoid making decisions based solely on opinions or emotions.
(Mr. Rubinshtein's note: Philosophy isn't about having opinions but having theories that attempt to be in correlation with reality. The philosopher is a formulator of ideas. We may hide our truths under the facade of opinions so we wouldn't hurt people's feelings).
Analysis: Critical thinkers break down complex problems or arguments into smaller parts to examine them more closely and identify patterns or inconsistencies.
Skepticism: They maintain a healthy skepticism, being open to new information but also requiring sufficient evidence before accepting claims.
(Mr. Rubinshtein's note: It is imperative that we learn to respect that of which we do not understand or fully understand so we would not delude ourselves by over or underestimating the subjects or issues we're ignorant in).
Logical reasoning: They use logic to assess the validity and soundness of arguments. This includes recognizing logical fallacies and flaws in reasoning.
Objectivity: Critical thinkers strive to be objective and impartial, putting personal biases and emotions aside when evaluating information.
Creativity: They often think creatively to generate alternative solutions or viewpoints, exploring different angles of an issue.
Balancing emotions: While reason is essential, critical thinkers acknowledge that emotions play a role in decision-making. They strive to balance emotional responses with rational analysis.
Decision-making: Critical thinking guides decision-making processes, ensuring that choices are well-informed and based on rational analysis.
Communication: Critical thinkers can articulate their thoughts and reasoning clearly, making it easier to convey their ideas and influence others through persuasive arguments.
In addition to engaging in critical thinking, there are a number of other things you can do to become more logical:
Read philosophical works: Philosophy explores logical reasoning extensively. Reading philosophical works can deepen your understanding of logic. By reading this very site you can do a great job at just that.
Engage in debates and discussions: Debating and discussing with others, especially those who hold different viewpoints, sharpens your logical thinking skills and exposes you to different perspectives. Inclusion is imperative to understand reality. You should not fear discussions for that end and not be intimidated irrationally.
Practice logical puzzles and exercises: There are many different types of logical puzzles and exercises available online and in books. Practicing these exercises can help you improve your logical thinking skills.
Benefits of being a logical being
Critical thinking is a valuable skill in various aspects of life, from problem-solving in daily situations to making informed decisions in professional, academic, and personal contexts. It enables individuals to navigate complex information, avoid cognitive biases, and arrive at well-reasoned conclusions.
By harnessing the power of reason, you can make more informed, rational decisions, reduce the influence of biases, and engage in thoughtful problem-solving. It's a valuable skill for both personal and professional growth.
Being more logical empowers you to make informed decisions, solve problems effectively, engage in critical thinking, and navigate the complexities of life and the world. It is a skill that has wide-ranging applications and is highly beneficial in both personal and professional contexts. And by the very fact that it is something that is to be studied, reveals that it isn't innate and that human beings are not as rational as one may think.
(Mr. Rubinshtein's note: Rationality is not static. It can change over the course of life and that depends on how biased the brain is at a given moment. However, studying logic can greatly help you maintain a fair level of rationality, beneficial for you to seize the benefit of being logical).