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How to be a critical reader
How to be a critical reader

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2.1 Introducing the two texts

In the next activity you will prepare to read two texts on the subjects of human nature and evolution by thinking about your own views and attitudes.

Activity 10

Task: Think about the following questions and write down your ideas about them.

  1. Which things are good and bad about human beings?
  2. What do you think causes human beings to do bad things? For example, do you think people are naturally programmed to do bad things because they are human or do you think that people turn bad because of their family backgrounds or the influences of the societies in which we live?
  3. Do you feel positive or negative about the future of the human race? Why? What do you think are the biggest challenges that humans face in the 21st century?


Thinking about your own views and attitudes is an important aspect of being a critical reader as you need to be aware of them when you read and engage with texts.