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!
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
“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”?
"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
"Put it on the ground!" The woman ahead of me on the hiking trail mildly admonished her small son, who was lagging behind her. I thought the child must have picked up a worm, or doggie doo, or a bad habit. As I got closer, though, I saw that the boy was holding a huge … Continue reading “Drop the leaf, Louie”
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’
I live at the edge of the woods. The head of my bed is up against a window that looks out on towering evergreens. When I wake in the morning, my head lies on my pillow, and my eyes gaze upward — not at the ceiling, but at those gorgeous trees. It's almost as though I'm … Continue reading Sleeping under the trees
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
Did you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? at a recent meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were … Continue reading What did Mr. Rogers think about?