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Critical Thinking in Action

Watch these four different thinker types interact with an advanced AI and read a brief analysis of key points in the conversation.

Now that we’ve gone over the different thinking types, how about we watch them in action?

Scenario explanation

Dr. Beck Watts, Dr. Allen and their team of psychologists are training EI with CQ and CI (Communication Intelligence).

In this video, Dr. Beck provides a real-world example to EI. By using a recent sustainability project as an example, he aims to illustrate how different types of thinking patterns often complicate problem-solving. However, he also demonstrates how a CCC Thinker asks the right questions and provides concrete solutions.

The scene shows EI Robot and four human characters on a Zoom call — all in separate places.

Dr. Beck and Dr. Allen are demonstrating to EI through this meeting how certain types of thinking can help or block situations. The learning objective for EI is to become aware of the thinking types first and then become aware of how important critical thinking is to solving problems or simply making progress versus being blocked.

Each of the human characters are professionals and highly experienced in their respective fields. They also display very different types of thinking styles. EI does not know the thinking style of each person until the end.

Conversation analysis

Joel Taylor:
“What is the product? What is the move towards sustainability based upon? And why is this decision important for them today?”
The Conscious Creative Critical Thinker demonstrates an active intention to understand the full scope of the problem. They practice active listening to formulate probing and direct questions based on clarity of thought. Their questions illustrate criticality in their thinking, such as asking EI to articulate the reasons behind current practices.
Joel Taylor:
“Another couple of questions, if that’s okay? This is going to be costly for them. Do they have a budget to make this switch? Can they afford to drop their prices on their old stock, or will that create issues for their cash flow?”
The CCC Thinker asks for in-depth information about the practical repercussions of the problem, consciously considering every detail and assessing their own possible bias in order to evaluate which solutions have already been considered. They use creative problem solving to see every angle and possible outcome. This process allows them to feel confident to be held accountable for their analysis and proposed solutions in the future.
Joel Taylor:
“Have they considered selling half of their stock for the remainder of the year at the full price and then retroactively redesign it to be a hybrid product while they are building their full, sustainable product for the following year?”
The Conscious Creative Critical Thinker actively listens to the answers to their questions and is ready to be accountable by offering a new and possible winning strategy. They propose clear strategies with specific and direct explanations. They’re also consciously respectful and engaging. They ask questions and propose real strategies at the same time.
El (speaking to Joel Taylor):
“Can you attend a task force meeting to discuss the data analysis required for this transition?”
Joel Taylor (responding to El):
“Yes. It’s my background so I’d be delighted.”

The Conscious Creative Critical Thinker shows that they’re accountable for everything they propose. They have real intentions to understand the problem and offered their expertise to find solutions. They are willing to actively listen, consciously participate, and critically assess their own bias and skills.

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