Critical Thinking 10 words

  1. Occam's Razor
    the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
  2. law of parsimony
    the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
  3. strawman
    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
  4. ad hominem
    appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
  5. red herring
    a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
  6. double negative
    an affirmative constructed from two negatives
  7. conflict of interest
    a situation in which a public official's decisions are influenced by the official's personal interests
  8. vested interest
    (law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another
  9. double blind
    a test procedure in which the identity of those receiving the intervention is concealed from both the administrators and the subjects until after the test is completed; designed to reduce or eliminate bias in the results
  10. acid test
    a rigorous or crucial appraisal