The Times They Are A Changin’

“The times they are a changin’” wrote singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in the early 1960s. Many years later, times are still changing. One prime example is the proliferation of technology and information, making the skills associated with thinking, knowledge and wisdom (TKW) more critical than ever. Researchers are discovering that our brains are changing in response…

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When is it wisdom?

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. —Miles Kington Would you describe yourself as wise? Most people wouldn’t, aside from the occasional moment of insight, typically recognized retrospectively. Wise people I’ve known have had considerable life experience, including difficult times. They are resilient—having come out…

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Knowing how to know

How do you know what you know? Epistemology is the “theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.” Knowing and acquiring knowledge is critical to success, perhaps even more so in today’s technology- and information-centric world. The opportunity to gain knowledge has been…

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Thinking… why bother?

What does thinking really mean? How can we improve our thinking skills to learn, accomplish goals or create meaning in our lives? What is the relationship between thinking, knowledge and wisdom and where do we start? Defining thinking turns out to be more complicated than one might think (no pun intended!). The Free Dictionary confirms…

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Thinking-Knowledge-Wisdom (TKW)

I’ve been curious about knowledge and wisdom for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up in a rural farming community, “practical knowledge” or “common sense” was critical and so-called “book learning” was seen as generally irrelevant. Practical knowledge was gained through thinking, observation and practice or “trial and error.” Practical knowledge…

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