Critical thinking is the process of analyzing, evaluating, and weighing things by which it is not based from pre-conclusions or guess without bases. Critical thinking requires observation and information based experience together with reasoning and many other factors. Critical thinking must be based from evidences that are clear, accurate, and relevant (Scriven, 2007).
Scientific thinking is a kind of critical thinking where in one uses the scientific method or at least based on accurate evidences since science is accurate. In making conclusions, scientific thinking requires us not to depend solely on the opinions of others. Our conclusions must be drawn from sensory based evidences and that we should not include superstitions in drawing conclusions. With scientific thinking, one must know the boundaries between faith and the sciences (“Scientific Thinking,” 1998).
How then are we able to utilize scientific thinking in the workplace? In the workplace, it is important to know the opinions of the co-workers especially when dealing with human resource management since they are the main stakeholders in that domain. However, personal opinions are not enough in making tough decisions that concern the company or firm. This is a case where one can use scientific thinking. For example, in marketing a product, choosing the correct strategies must not be based solely in what you think are the right strategies, you must first know your target market, create market segmentations, know your product’s life cycle, the demand for the product, and many other factors.
In human resource management, however, it is also important to use scientific thinking even though it is mentioned before that the opinion of others is important in this field. For example, making decisions on what appropriate evaluation method to be used must be analyzed and thoroughly and the decision maker must not include his faith or superstitious beliefs in making the decision.