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What is (Skeptical) Critical Thinking? 

(bonus: curiosity gives your brain a boost of dopamine)

I'm a self-proclaimed skeptical critical thinker. My family and early mentors taught me to question just about everything, and I paid attention to their wisdom. Before I was able to think fully independently, I sometimes got into trouble with my teachers because I asked too many questions. Can you image a teacher reprimanding a sharp, young, critical thinking mind for asking questions? Truth is, I was bored with rote learning, following the pack, and accepting the status quo. My poor underpaid teachers in their conventional pubic schools didn't quite know what to do with me. Advanced learning was not yet a thing in the public education system, as we were primarily taught to be obedient little soldiers. Sound harsh? I'm being kind compared to the reality.  

 

I was born a square-peg in a round-hole world and didn't quite fit the Jell-O mold.


At a very young age, I grasped that critical thinking is key to a more truthful, authentic, and engaging life. This may be the road less travelled, especially as our collective worldviews seem to have become increasingly conformist, self-medicated, numb, and mis/disinformed. However, without this skill, I wouldn't be able to navigate through the biased information and NOISE out there in the realm of food science, research, and nutrition. When I found Cookhouse Heroes like Dr Greger, Dr Barnard, Dr Klaper, Dr T Colin Campbell, Dr Popper, Dr Ornish, Dr Thomas Campbell, Dr McDougall, Dr Fuhrman, Dr Esselstyn, Rip Esselstyn, John and Ocean Robbins, The Brain Docs (Team Sherzai), Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro, Chef AJ, Matt Frazier, Robert Cheeke, Rich Roll, Tobi Weihofen, Luke Tan (and many more), I realized I was listening to badass skeptical critical thinkers. 

 

To consider valuable data... we need to use our Big Brain and skeptical critical thinking skills. Full stop. Please choose curiosity. Think critically. Do deep-dive research. Absorb WPF studies and statistics. Ask detailed questions. Being curious and engaging in critical thinking might just save your life. 

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