Monday, April 1, 2019

Twenty-eight days in the project #CriticalThinking in 365 concepts

We finished week four. Only forty-eight more to go.;)

Starting March 4, 2019 we work on a small project named Critical Thinking in 365 words, or better yet, in 365 concepts.

When I was only three years and a half my parents chose to give me to German kindergarten. Here in Nebraska parents fought to the US Supreme Court to teach their children German and they won in 1923. For a brief of Meyer v Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, see here:

We saw that at the end of first week. The same story represents today something else though:

the _opportunity cost_ of not learning piano instead. 

I still barely play piano. My German has been somewhat rusty for a while now, replaced at the top of the list of languages in use other than English by Spanish a while back and by French more recently. Yet, I would not have it any other way. German was instrumental in getting accepted to diplomatic school and jobs (and ultimately coming to the US twenty seven years ago this month) which I would not have had a chance at otherwise. 

As we said already: critical thinking is like learning a language. It's also like learning a musical instrument. You practice every day. Once you like it you do it for fun every day. 

Question for the week: what happened in 1823 that changed the world forever for the most prejudiced against from among us here in these United States, and we still haven't fixed it yet in a significant way no matter how much (or how little!) it's been tried? Hint: it's all about property rights. 

Think. So we might as well think well. Best of enjoyment!

In the fourth week we included:

22. Equilibrium 

23. Inspiration 

24. Measure 

25. Robust design 

26. Feedback loop

27. False negative 

28. Opportunity cost

As we wrote before, it's never only the concepts. It's everything: order in which they are introduced, questions posed and questions left out, but especially playing with the concepts as if they were new skills when learning piano or guitar. Use a few from before to play with the new ones. See where all goes anew. Try them out. Don't be shy. Tell us what you found or how and why you feel we're in error. 


Adrian S. Petrescu, Ph.D., J.D.
Chief Future Architect, InnovationTrek
We got here. What's next?
Accelerate Innovation. 
In companies and self.
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