Thursday, March 22, 2007
Critical Thinking in Ecology and in all we do.
Human culture is based on cumulative knowledge and belief of critical thinking. The validity of what we think, i.e., our mental models of the world, is largely determined by how we think. Nothing is more basic to civilized progress than these mental models formed by what is knowable or believable.
The quality of our thinking skills and knowledge tools determine how well we think. They create our mental models of reality which, needless to say, are not all the same. How do we acquire the skills and techniques to create and test our mental models? We learn them. From this comes all aspects in life, which we use critical thinking.
In Ecology we use critical thinking, just like in anything else. Take a look at the diagram amd it shows a basic idea of are process in thinking. This is from the article from class. Science ( Ecology) is no differnt. We break down the process and or the thesis of a problem or situation. Then think it out in stages as seen above. That is my outtake on it and if you are intrested in more on Critical Thinking in todays world and Ecology: I left some references below.
Capra, F. From the Parts to the Whole: Systems Thinking in Ecology and Education. Berkeley, CA: Center for Ecoliteracy.
Checkland, P. Systems Thinking, Systems Practice. New York: John Wiley & Sones, 1993.
Kauffman, D.L., Jr. Systems 1: An Introduction to Systems Thinking. Minneapolis, MN: S.A. Carlton, 1980.
Kline, S.J. Conceptual Foundations for Multi-Disciplinary Thinking. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1995.
National Research Council, Policy Division. Linking Science and Technology to Society’s Environmental Goals. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996.
Oshry, B. Seeing Systems. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 1995.