Elements of Thought: Thinking Things Through
Purpose What am I trying to achieve or make happen?
Question at Issue What is the central question I am trying to think through?
Information What facts, data, or evidence do I need to figure things out?
Concepts What are the organizing ideas, theories, or principles that influence my thinking?
Assumptions What am I taking for granted that forms the basis of my thinking?
Interpretation What are the connections I am making, and conclusions or solutions I am coming to?
Implications What are the consequences that follow from my line of thinking?
Points of View What are the other relevant perspectives that I need to consider?
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