Critical Thinking

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  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 weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
  4. ad hominem
    appealing to personal considerations rather than to reason
  5. red herring
    diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
  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

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