The learning material and contents provided by the AltanaESP Network & System, frequently make use of terms and concepts that aren't all that familiar to most people. This glossary - AltanaESP Terms and Concepts - is a collection of the constructs (i.e. words, terms & concepts) often used in AltanaESP materials and content. This glossary act as a source of reference to enhance the contextual meaning and understanding of these "odd" terms and concepts. Words and/or phrases hold different meanings for each person. Therefore, it is a sensible idea to "define" the constructs used and to "place every body on the same page" when dealing with such constructs. You, the reader - most likely - have quite a different definition for, understanding of or perspective regarding such constructs... and that is fine! However, within the Altana... Electronic Support Platform (i.e. Network and System), the various terms, concepts and implications are quite specific and contextual.

Therefore, each word, term or concept - included in this glossary - serve as a "resources tool" to promote understanding and context when dealing with or exploring AltanaESP materials and contents.

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The skill and/or ability to question, be aware of and think critically about a certain topic, issue, idea, point of view, set of circumstances and/or event. Critical Thinking is based on an all-inclusive idea and awareness that the "whole is much greater than the sum of its different parts". A way to ensure - as best as is humanly possible - that all aspects of an issue are considered and all perspectives are taken into consideration. Everything from the small, minute, individual and pedantic details to the bigger picture. Also, it is not only addressing these different perspectives separately, but being able to relate them to each other in various ways.

Critical Thinking in this context is a "tool" or method of thinking to critically examine (i.e. question) different issues within a particular contextual area (often, also referred to as common sense). Addressing - not only individual relationships between humans and their environment - but also communities, families, societies, as well as nations and the world as a whole. It is also examining the difference and similarities in relationships between the way individuals relate to their environment compared to the way societies or other groups do collectively.

In essence, critical thinking, is not following any one specific idea or argument, but more a way of going about examining, exploring and delve into different ideas and points of view related to a topic, issue, idea, point of view, set of circumstances and/or events.
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