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
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"
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?
"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
I don’t have to tell y’all that Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — delivered 156 years ago today — is considered one of the finest and most influential speeches of all time (miles ahead of Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Academy Awards speech). However, it took a while for the Gettysburg Address to gain full respect. The cheek of … Continue reading That time when Lincoln was ‘dishwatery’
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
Uproar #1,855 of 2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions invokes the Bible to defend the Trump administration's enforcement of immigration law. What exactly did Sessions say in a speech to law enforcement officers on June 14? I checked four sources and came up with two different versions. (That should remind us to check multiple sources and realize … Continue reading The Sessions Bible
"I guess they finally figured out that it only takes one man to do the job of two women.” A rolling pin "is useful for making pie crusts or for keeping wayward wives in line”. “Whatever men do they must do twice as well as women to be thought half as good. Luckily this is … Continue reading Does this achieve gender equality?