Advanced Placement (AP)

Explain why critical thinking and skepticism are important to scientific inquiry

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Without critical thinking and skepticism, it is far too easy to jump to conclusions and not analyze data properly.


Critical thinking demands one to continue to ask, "Why? Or a What if...?" Skeptics are not sure what has been proven true, to be true. They seek more proof possibly. These keep S.I. In a sort of checks & balances so the response or end goal stays true to science itself. Group-think, when everyone agrees on the solution without further inquiry, is very dangerous. It takes the solution down one path without ever considering any other path or outcome. Hope this helps you to critically think about this question.

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