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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.