Let's go on a thinkers' scavenger hunt! Post each of your finds as a comment on this page, where we can enjoy them together. The Thinkery cultivates three things, and each scavenger hunt item corresponds to at least one of these. THINKER SKILLS & TRAITS Post a photo of something (or describe something) that illustrates … Continue reading Go on a virtual scavenger hunt!
Feeling inundated with information about COVID-19? Before that, perhaps it was the impeachment or Brexit or The Bachelor finale. How do you know what bits of information are true? Here are a few ways to get closer to the truth about anything: 1 Consult multiple reliable sources. See where the consensus lies. 2 Use common … Continue reading 4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t
1 Go outside. 2 Connect with a friend by phone or message app. 3 Name three things you're grateful for. 4 Take a virtual hike (such as this one). 5 Do something to help someone else. 6 Laugh at this joke: A grasshopper sits down at a bar. The bartender says, "We have a drink … Continue reading 6 things you can do for cognitive health right now
Joe believes he won’t get a raise, so he doesn’t ask for one. Julie believes the stock market will make gains, so she invests. Kevin believes that God doesn’t love him, so he returns the favor. Sandi believes she’ll have another piece of cake, so she puts the kettle on. We all believe something, and … Continue reading Free online workshop • "Think through Your Beliefs"
Due to the current unpleasantness, our local meetup community is not gathering. One of the activities we do is nature therapy. More and more evidence shows that time in nature is healthy for our minds. It can lift our mood, improve our focus, lower stress and anxiety, and promote clearer thinking. As we bask in … Continue reading DIY nature therapy
When my coworker Rebecca showed me how to do a task at the office, she told me to staple the paperwork twice, on either side of the top of the page. I was new to the task, so I didn't know the reason. I assumed that the reason would become evident as I got more … Continue reading Do we really need TWO staples?
“I like him personally; we have a different view on this.” I heard this on NPR today. A congressman said it about another congressman, each of whom was interviewed about the situation between the US and Iran. It’s a great example of classical tolerance: egalitarianism toward persons, and elitism toward ideas. Congressman A made a … Continue reading What do we mean by “tolerance”?
Good people all, this Christmas timeConsider well and bear in mindWhat our good God for us has doneIn sending his beloved son. These words from "The Wexford Carol" call us to live thoughtfully. It's never easy, but especially this busy time of year, we would do well to slow down and think more. Let's take … Continue reading Live thoughtfully this Christmas
"Dasher is the fastest reindeer." "Dasher is the fastest reindeer." The first statement is a belief. The second statement is a dogma. It's hard to tell the difference, isn't it? Let me take the conversation further so that the difference becomes clear. Belief "Dasher is the fastest reindeer." "Are you sure? I thought it was … Continue reading Belief vs. dogma
We can benefit from tracking our lifestyle activities. You know how much water you're supposed to drink every day, right? Although there are various schools of thought, health experts typically recommend eight eight-ounce glasses (the 8×8 rule). Although you probably know how much you're supposed to drink, do you know how much you actually drink? … Continue reading Do you know how much water you drink?