It is important to think critically so that you can be an effective user of information. Practice applying these questions to every information source you use.
1. Evidence: How do we know what we know? What evidence counts? How sure can we be? What makes it credible to us?
2. Viewpoint: From whose viewpoint are we seeing/hearing this information?
3. Connections: Is there a pattern? Have we seen something like this before? What are the possible consequences?
4. Supposition: How could it have been otherwise? What if...? This habit requires use of the imagination as well as knowledge of alternative possibilities.
5. Relevance/Significance: Does it matter? Who cares?