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The ability to slice through the fog of misinformation and disinformation, propaganda and quackery, is a vital skill in our information-saturated digital era. Critical thinking is a powerful tool, and a discerning mind is aware of how our innermost feelings shape our perception of the world. But all too often, and with few exceptions, we find ourselves falling into a common trap: we may believe we are thinking critically when our kneejerk responses simply reflect or reject the received wisdom of the day. First and foremost, a desire to follow reason and evidence wherever they may lead is what sets critical thinkers apart. This desire, teamed with a systematic approach to problem-solving, a natural inquisitiveness, even-handedness, and competent reasoning, generates a framework from which the critical mind can work.