Aquire knowledge, improve theories and strengthen arguments
Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.
Critical thinking is not a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking.
A critical thinker is able to arrive at consequences and conclusions from what he or she knows, and knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform himself or herself.