Thinking strategy #2: Reflection

Reflection is essential—it’s how we discover what we think and what we know. At its simplest, reflection is a natural mental activity that occurs regularly and often involuntarily. It’s what we do while walking to the grocery store or waiting for an appointment. Focused reflection is a powerful thinking strategy that once learned can yield…

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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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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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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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