“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “Yes!” — Ghostbusters
Frequently Asked Questions
Asking questions is the foundation of critical thinking and problem solving. Here is a (growing) list of the questions we get asked most often.
“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”
What’s the smarter question we forgot to ask? You ask it. We’ll answer it.
What’s your overall mission?
How does The Critical Thinking Initiative work?
What makes The Critical Thinking Initiative different from other critical thinking sites?
Three factors make us distinct: First, everything we do is rooted firmly in peer-reviewed research from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to education, psychology, and neuroscience. If you listen to our podcasts—The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast and the Smarterer podcast—you’ll see that research drives everything we do. Second, we bring the experience of people who actually raised critical thinking outcomes at an academic institution. Not all people teaching ideas about critical thinking actually needed to produce results. We did. Third, we developed a unique model for critical thinking that is rooted in neuro-biology, that works across all fields and disciplines, that incorporates cognitive dispositions and biases, but that remains easily accessible, applicable, and assessable.
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We help people and organizations think better
The Critical Thinking Initiative comprises leading experts in research-based critical thinking education, instruction, and training.
TCTI offers a full suite of services all aimed at developing and strengthening critical thinking from the classroom to the boardroom.
The only course that develops and strengthens the brain’s neuro-biological foundations for critical thinking.
Empower of your personnel with the means of assessing decisions, solutions, and corporate communications
We distill research from education, neuroscience, psychology and other fields into ideas you can put into practice.
TCTI is built on the work of pioneering though leaders in the teaching of critical thinking. Their unified model for conceptualizing, actualizing, and assessing critical thinking has revolutionized efforts across corporate and academic domains.
Steven J. Pearlman Ph.D.
"There’s almost nothing more rewarding than helping people unlock their potential to see the world differently."
Author of America’s Critical Thinking Crisis: The Failure and Promise of Education, Steve’s recently been published in The Hill and MidlandsBiz, and he’s a sought after guest whose recent media appearances include The Nation Speaks, First Coast Connect Radio, Politics Edge Radio, Mike Mullaney, Ideasphere, and Rush to Reason.
Steve’s an avid martial artists and expert on women’s self-defense. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.
David Carillo, M.A.
"Critical thinking can be learned, practiced, and applied by anyone who wants to make a positive difference in the world."
Co-founder one of the country’s first academic offices devoted solely on studying critical thinking and raising critical thinking outcomes, Dave served as the lead administrator of the Interdisciplinary Writing and Reasoning Portfolio. He has been published by The Hill and is a critical thinking subject matter expert (SME) for the U.S. military.
Dave lives West Hartford, CT with his wife and two amazing children.