The Importance of Independent Thinking

What do people like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., David Bowie, Madonna, Grace Jones, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and many, many others in history have in common? They were all independent thinkers who took their ideas and created their own path, ignoring mainstream thought.

In order to become truly freethinking individuals, a few things need to happen. We need to be able to think on our own in an independent manner and know the difference between real and fake content. People who think independently gather their own information from various sources/mediums and then process it in order to come to their own individual conclusions. They also work with talents within themselves and go from there. They rarely look to other people, groups, religions, or organizations to tell them what to believe.

For some, this may be a new process, but with practice and having faith in themselves and in the true information that they are gathering, it becomes second nature and it will feel very liberating. When journalists get information for articles, they have to believe in their information, their sources, and in themselves. They have to put it all out there so that we, the public, can get informed. If these people can do it, we can overcome our internal insecurities and limits.

This site will provide information, links, and facts in order to help create a more open minded, free thinking individual. It will also include insight on things that happen around us without us really knowing. It will unveil interesting facts about people, psychology, society, and even inside corporations. I will also include small articles in an INTERESTING FACTS segment found below. Having a well-rounded mind will help us all become better thinkers and human beings. It will also improve our lives tremendously.

The Science of Proper Thinking

There are two scientific terms that involve proper thinking and problem solving:

  • Independent thinking is the desire to believe that the information being presented is true or reasonable.
  • Critical thinking is the process used to collect and process information to arrive at a logical conclusion.

I use a combination of both terms on this website, but the focus is mostly on independent thinking. Subsets of both independent and critical thinking are these terms, which some people have or acquire in various combinations:

  • Educationis related to reading, learning, gathering and memorizing information or data.
  • Intelligence is how well one translates education and/or information and data given to them. High IQs can be a factor here as well.
  • Common sense is a natural instinct that helps people decipher what the best decision is in certain situations and choices. One doesn’t need either intelligence or education for this one. People who have both can be left without common sense in some cases.
  • Talent is a natural skill or ability that one is born with.


Thinking and voting as our Founding Fathers once did.

BECOME THE SHEPHERD, NOT THE SHEEP...Create your own path!!


INTERESTING FACTS (click arrows to move to the next item)

Independent Thinking


People either have one, two, or even all four of these subsets, but that is extremely rare. Most people have one or two of

these subsets but some people, such as politicians, like to think they have more, but they don’t. Independent thinkers have a tendency to have two or more subsets since they live their lives constantly expanding their minds, their range of thought, and their abilities. They analyze and explore things on their own and on their own terms. These subsets are things we should try to think about when engaging people in our lives. I will use these subsets throughout this chapter. We should keep in mind that just because someone is well educated, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have common sense as well. Just because someone isn’t well educated, doesn’t mean that they don’t have talent or great common sense. Keeping these subsets in mind will help us better navigate social settings, as well as most situations in life. In a social setting, one may have a conversation with someone who has a PhD in psychology from Harvard University, and then find out that this person has difficulty with understanding politics or economics. Another person may be well educated in one subject/area but clueless on everything else, even social interactions. On the other hand, you can meet someone who only has a basic Bachelor’s degree in biology from a state university, but does amazing work in politics, social reform, social interactions, and has great common sense. The combinations are endless. There are a lot of variables and mixes that each person has, but a good mix of the four makes for a well-rounded citizen.

Independent thinking has grown tremendously in the past decade in the US. It is happening now more than any time in history outside the first American colonies, where people used to think independently and vote independently. This growth can be attributed to the Internet and general frustration of current fact gathering and biased news in the media. People today have access to more knowledge resources than ever before, so it’s becoming harder and harder for people and politicians to lie to us since we are quickly able to do our own research and analysis.

People are also becoming more frustrated from being constantly misled and misinformed by the media, blogs, journals, “factual” websites, social media, politics, false online resources, fake experts, and made-up reports and stories; the list goes on. There is a large amount of false data everywhere we go, and all this data culminates in a huge overload of false and misleading information. This, in turn, leads people to gather their own information, create their own paths, learn the real history of things, and do whatever it takes to make their own decisions, as they no longer trust standard sources.

6 Ways To Build Independent Thinking

School of Thought Project & Site

Raising Independent Children


Critical/Independent Thinking

TED TALKS: How to Think, Not What to Think

Defining Critical Thinking