Thinking 2 Think

Thinking 2 Think

This is Thinking 2 Think the Critical Thinking podcast where we analyze topics such as Civics, History, Culture, Philosophy, Politics, business, and current events through a critical thinkers lens. I am your host, the social studies educator Michael Antonio Aponte also known as Mr. A. Every Sunday we will have a new episode within these topics as well as occasional special guests and recorded lectures with my students. So please, subscribe, share, listen, and let's build a critical thinking society together. ***I’m on @buymeacoffee. If you like my work, or want to support a teacher, you can buy me a coffee and share your thoughts 🎉☕


February 22, 2021 13 min

When you are observing the news or a social media post, when someone is trying to convey a message, ask yourself who is to benefit? This is a term called "Cui Bono"

With cui bono, you can find facts or sources of an individuals true intentions. It is also another way to determine your own biases without realizing it because if the information you absorb gives you satisfaction without seeking sources or facts, you have a bias...

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In this episode we discuss the steps of Critical Thinking, dive deeper into each step, and look at examples for each step. 

The steps are as follows:

  • Self-Directed
  • Self-Disciplined
  • Self-Monitored
  • Self-Corrective Thinking

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    In Part 2 of 2, we will be discussing the current events of the stock market: Who are WallStreetBets, why did Gamestop go up so high and so quickly, why is Reddit users who are part of this wanting to HOLD and who they are up against.

    Furthermore, the hedge funds have created a situation for themselves that has led to a $70 BILLION dollar loss.

    I elaborate, simplify, and explain what is going on, why it's happening, and my person...

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    In part 1 of 2, I will be discussing censorship and its problems, Section 230 and its powers, as well as the challenges of freedom of speech. We are in a very unique time in which the decisions we make not only as a society but as individuals will affect the future communications and beliefs of our children. 

  • Breaking down freedom of speech does not protect ALL speech
  • Section 230 that protects big tech was created back in the 90s BEF...
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    History in the making: First U.S. President to be impeached twice, problems with policing within the Capital Hill Police Department, and tech companies declaring who and who should not be on their platforms based on political beliefs. 

    We analyze all of these using our critical thinking lens and determine conclusions based on the facts we have at the moment. 

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    On January 6, 2021, rioters went to Capital Hill and caused an uproar in the nation. Many politicians called for arrests, impeachments, and censorship. But what will this lead? What historical relevance can we look at that we can compare and contrast with?  

    In this episode I discuss the situation and analyze it through a critical thinker's lens (non-partisan) and try to understand what happened, why it happened, and what outcom...

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    For most of 2020, I have deeply thought about the following questions: What does it mean to be privileged? What does racism mean today? What is Systemic Racism? How are they all connected? Some may think of the simple answers that you see in the media but I dive much deeper into these questions and not only answer them but give detailed explanation on how they are connected. 

    This New Year should be the year we learn to stand up ins...

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    In part 6 of my series of lectures on How To Input Critical Thinking In Your Own Life, we examine mental health issues that can correlate with high levels of intelligence and Critical Thinkers. We examine strategies to help combat loneliness.

    Topics in this episode includes:

  • Quarantine, COVID, the holiday season, and high levels of intelligence can be contributions to depression and loneliness.
  • Examine the studies that suggest why hig...
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    In part 5 of my series of lectures on How To Input Critical Thinking In Your Own Life, I elaborate on the importance of Self-Corrective thinking with criticism and developing "thick skin".

    Topics in this episode includes:

  • Building confidence in yourself.
  • Accepting constructive criticism.
  • Developing "thick skin". 
  • Give examples on how to build confidence and accept criticism while turning away from ignorant and foolish p...
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    In part 4 of my series of lectures on How To Input Critical Thinking In Your Own Life, I examine how to deconstruct dreams into actionable goals using Deconstruction and SMART goals. I give examples of not only my life but also the lives of very successful people who have amazing careers.

    Topics in this episode includes:

  • Defining was is SMART goals
  • Defining and explaining how to deconstruct dreams into actionable steps.
  • Give examples ...
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    In part 3 of my series of lectures on How To Input Critical Thinking In Your Own Life, I examine how you can predict possible outcomes for yourself or others that will make you look like a fortune teller!

    Topics in this episode includes:

  • Examine how different professions have the ability to use "foresight" to be successful. 
  • How logic plays a key factor in predicting the future.
  • Give an example on how this is accomplished and ...
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    In part 2 of my series of lectures on How To Input Critical Thinking In Your Own Life, we dive into different ways to avoid the pitfalls of making bad decisions and begin to remove the emotional element of your decision making.

    Topics in this episode includes:

  • We evaluate what is stoic philosophy and why it should be relevant to your life. 
  • Analyze famous people who were able to remove their emotions during critical times to from inc...
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    In order for you to develop critical thinking in your life, we first need to have an understanding of life in general. We analyze how life is a game of Poker and Chess and how we always need to play to win. Listen and follow the analysis on what how to determine the game you're in and what we can learn from it in order to begin applying the art and science of Critical Thinking.

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    With a famous celebrity getting removed from a film franchise, the 2020 elections, voters who supported an opposing political party getting "listed", and the conversation of what is hate speech, I decided to do an episode straight from the book I am currently working on and give you a non-partisan, critical thinker's view on these situations to help give you some perspective.


  • Dmitri Volkogonov (1995), Lenin: Lif...
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    This episode elaborates with much more examples of "Moral Policing" and how morals and laws can overshadow each other in a very negative way. This episode also comes with a fictional short story that I created with moral value examples. Please don't forget to like, share, and subscribe because this helps the podcast and lets me know you want more content! 

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    In this episode, I define the differences between Morals and Ethics, give you historical examples, and highlight how moral policing can be dangerous to any society. We also examine an exercise that helps you evaluate your morals and ethics and help you on the first step to live an ethical life.

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    From the beginning of human history recorded until the present, slavery has evolved over the years while involving everyone in our society. Whether we like it or not, we directly or indirectly benefit from slavery, and no, I am NOT talking about the issues of history that the "1619 Project" declares to claim, which was debunked by every credible historian in western society (Americans AND European historians).

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    In this lecture, I will be diving into the power of History, but more importantly, how history can change to fit other people's agenda or motives. People in power do this to either rise a certain group up or demonize and belittle another group.

    History can be boring for many people, but that doesn't mean it is not important. Because it is History that builds a common moral value that creates a peaceful society despite indivi...

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    October 4, 2020 33 min

    In this episode, we examine the history and issues of Socialism, the comparison to Capitalism, and trying to have an understanding to the complexity to it all. Based on the facts that I uncover, ask some questions that you need to answer for yourself regarding the topic as well as my personal opinion.

    References (Contact for additional sources): 

  • "World: Europe US banks gave Jew...
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    In this episode I will be discussing Critical Theory. This is part of critical "race" theory, critical "social" theory, white fragility, sexism, etc. We analyze the history of critical theory and why it is important for you to understand it in order to truly make a sound judgement about it.


  • Berendzen, J.C., "Max Horkheimer", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zal...
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