Critical thinking is the process of analyzing information using logic, reason, and measurable evidence to gain the most reliable knowledge process.
We should strive to thinkers. Not feigning intellect to impress people, but rather seeking the most reliable knowledge so we make the best decisions. It includes understanding and seeking sound evidence on which to base our knowledge.
If you’re going to fix a car, it’s pretty obvious we need to understand how it works. The same understanding should be embraced in everything if we’re to expect getting the best answers to problems that plague us.