A critical thinker must have the ability to zoom in and zoom out – to hyper-focus on cause and effect and to see how things interconnect in the big picture.
It’s a common and critical error to be too-zoomed-in or too-zoomed-out. The over-focused mind is like the mathematician who doesn’t realize the assumptions of his model are non-mathematical and likely wrong.
The under-focused mind is like the mushroom-enthusiast that’s content concluding “All is one”, with no finer-resolution of analysis.
The careful thinker must be constantly zooming in and zooming out, gathering ideas from all levels of resolution.