Just a few months ago, a Tumbler user uploaded an image of a dress that instantly went viral. Some saw a gold and white dress; others a blue and black dress. A consensus emerged: Everyone Sees the World Differently was the Huffington Post’s take on the phenomenon.

I feel this way when I read about or talk with academic colleagues about critical thinking. We know it’s important and we are confident we are teaching it at the community college level; it’s just: what is it? And more importantly: what is it good for?

I take Justice Stewart Potter’s I-know-it-when-I-see-it approach...

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About the Author:

Ed Cuoco

Ed is currently an adjunct faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College and Wentworth Institute of Technology teaching writing and communications. Having studied English as an undergrad and management in grad school, he’s spent most of his career in high technology as an individual contributor, manager and executive. He’s been a program manager at Microsoft Research, overseeing a team that explored virtual communities, and a cofounder of onExchange Inc., an online futures exchange, and Spathe LLC, a cloud application for curating research. Ed has been a consultant to a number of companies on startup and strategy issues, including Zagat.com, Equalogic and Black Lobster.