Week 2- What are the traits of a fairminded critical thinker and what is social media?

The purpose of this practiceis to create your definition of social media & a fairminded critical thinker

Guiding Principle

If you want to think well, you must understand the most basic structures out of which all thinking is made.


Learners who can clearly and accurately define social media & fairminded critical thinking, begin to understand social media & fairminded critical thinking.


Create “your own”clear and accurate definitions of social media & fairminded critical thinking.

Practice Order

I. Absorb Set

Course Website
Read/view weekly course content

Take a 12 hour break (min.)

II. Do Set

Learner Blogs
Complete course activities on your personal course blog.

Due by Saturday 11:59 pm

Take a 12 hour break (min.)

III. Connect Set

Google Classroom

  • Complete providing feedback
Due by Monday 11:59 pm

Take a 12 hour break (min.)

IV. Reflect Set

Google Classroom

Grades- Complete self- assessment

Due by Tuesday 11:59 pm

Social media can be roughly referred to as a group of Internet-based applications that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content, creating connections on networks.

Whenever people connect to one another networks are formed. The purpose of social media is to create interaction and connection between people by using electronic networks to create, share, learn, interact, entertain, and market. Using social media is a careful balance between sharing identities and protecting privacy.

Taking Your Thinking Apart
Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. If we want to think well, we must understand at least the rudiments of thought, the most basic structures out of which all thinking is made. We must learn how to take thinking apart.

Foundation for Critical Thinking

What are the traits of a fairminded critical thinker and what is social media?

The meaning of sadhana.

Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity. Sadhana means you are using everything as a tool to open to the flow of natural experience.

Natural experience opens your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of the river of life.

Sadhguru & T.Y. Pang

The meaning of true education.

True education should wake up the Innate Humanity inside of you. When you reach a higher level of practice and understanding, you learn to harmonize yourself inside, then you become able to harmonize with other people, and with outside situations.

T.Y. Pang

The Promise

It is up to you to make the time for practice; the more you practice the more you will learn.

Time is a created thing. To say I don’t have time,’ is like saying, I don’t want to.

― Lao Tzu

I. Absorb Set
Practice in order

Let’s Begin

First, please complete the sadhana practice. Second, click on each question and review each answer. Third, take a break!

1. Complete your sadhana practice.

Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity, sadhana means you are using everything as a tool to open to the flow of natural learning.

The purpose of this sadhana is to help you get started opening to the flow of natural experience .

Center yourself.

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This weeks centering thought

Close your eyes and quietly sit straight and upright head and spine straight, concentrating only on your breath for 2 minutes. Sit in an erect position, shoulders relaxed, palms flat on thighs. Center your focus on your midsection. Breath in and out deeply through your nose.

Pay attention to your spine.

Your spine is where you will feel the flow of energy. Notice which parts of the spine feel warm and where there are no feelings or numbness. This information will indicate where your energy is flowing and where it is not. Your energy originates in the spine and flows out through the body.

straight and upright
When thoughts come up, let them go gently.

Don’t beat yourself up. That brings more thought. Gently let them go. Use the RAIN tool below to help you gently let go.

  • Recognize your thoughts.
  • Allow your thoughts to be just as they are.
  • Investigate your thoughts with kindness.
  • Natural awareness will come from not identifying with your thoughts.

Throughout the week, keep reminding yourself why you do sadhana.

Otherwise, your thoughts, your emotions, your physicality will get entangled with your runaway mind.

Practice tapping into your awareness to open your mind and take your thinking apart.
2. What is social media?

“Social media” is a way for people to communicate and interact online. While it has been around since the dawn of the World Wide Web, in the last 10 years or so we’ve seen a surge in both the number and popularity of social media sites. It’s called social media because users engage with (and around) it in a social context, which can include conversations, commentary, and other user-generated annotations and engagement interactions.

Publishing content has become exponentially simpler over the last several years, which has helped skyrocket the use of social media. Non-technical web users are now able to easily create content on a rapidly growing number of platforms, including those that are owned (hosted communities, blogs, etc.), rented (social networks or third-party communities), and occupied (commenting, contributing, etc.). Today’s web has shifted from a “one-to-many” to a “many-to-many” method of engagement, and we’re loving it.

3. What are social media messages?

1. Social media messages are “constructed”. “The media do not simply reflect external reality. Rather, they present carefully crafted constructions that reflect many decisions and are the result of many determining factors. We pose and display ourselves for the camera, we often are contributing to the perpetuation of media images that do not reflect our lives and true selves.”–Medialit.org

2. Social media messages shape our perceptions of reality. Much of our view of reality is based on media messages that have been pre-constructed and have attitudes, interpretations, and conclusions already built in. Thus the media, to a great extent, give us our sense of reality.” — Medialit.org. Which images, articles and videos do we choose to share with our friends and colleagues that are truly reflective our what constitutes our reality, and not merely echo the status quo and popular opinions?

3. Social media messages have different audiences and different understandings of the same message.”If the media provides us with much of the material upon which we build our picture of reality, each of us finds or ‘negotiates’ meaning according to individual factors: personal needs and anxieties, the pleasures or troubles of the day, racial and sexual attitudes, family and cultural background, moral standpoint, and so forth.” — Medialit.org. When we post content online, how aware are we of the diversity of our audience? Who might be unintended audiences?

4. Social media messages embed points of view. “All media products are advertising in some sense proclaiming values and ways of life.The mainstream media convey, explicitly or implicitly, ideological messages about such issues as the nature of the good life and the virtue of consumerism, the role of women, the acceptance of authority, and unquestioning patriotism.

Social Media Literacy: The 5 Key Concepts By Stacey Goodman
4. What are the 3 kinds of thinkers?
5. What is a naive critical thinker?
6. What is a selfish critical thinker?
7. What is a fairminded critical thinker?
9. What are the traits of the disciplined mind?
Intellectual Virtues
These are interrelated intellectual habits that lead to disciplined self-command.
10. What are the traits of the undisciplined mind?
This diagram depicts opposites of intellectual virtues.
10. What are Intellectual Virtues?
Intellectual Virtues
11. How do I practice and develop intellectual character?
12. How do I become a fairminded critical thinker?

Break and Slow Walk
Practice in order

Take a break for 12 hours (min)
To help your awareness flow, go outside for a slow walk.

II. Do Set
Practice in order

All Do Set activities are completed on your personal course blog.
To find your course blog click on the Learner Blogs link on the menu bar at the top of this page.