On Critical Thought

“A persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports or refutes it and the further conclusions to which it tends.”

— E. M. Glaser (1941). An Experiment in the Development of Critical Thinking.


The Great and Powerful Tim* took to the stage yesterday to tell us about shiny glass and metal things that are coming.

On the one hand, I’m in the camp of slavering desire, wanting the shiny iPad Pro, the Apple TV, the new phone, and new watch straps. Let’s face it: I’m firmly their target market.

On the other hand, there were times during the session that I thought “these guys are trying too hard”. This is a company that is struggling to explain why their new things are amazing.

Here’s the problem: they are amazing. Looking back at Star Trek and Dick Tracy and Knight Rider and Kubrick’s 2001, these slates of glass and aluminium are exactly what we want. Not only can you now tap and swipe on a piece of glass, but you can press it too.
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