Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Two hundred and thirty eight days in the project #CriticalThinking in 365 concepts

Week 34 is complete.

232. Imagine 

234. You. Self-trusting. Always see what you've trained to see and what _you_ want to and must see.

236. Scale of an issue. Proportionality of necessary solutions to it.

This coming week we will reach the point  from which we will have only _one third_ of our journey of one year _left in front of us_.

Obviously that means that we are getting more and more ready to take on anything coming our way after March 4, 2020, when the _real life_ ahead that we've been getting ready to start anew will be fully possible and certainly within our full reach. 

Adrian S. Petrescu, Ph.D., J.D.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Two hundred and twenty four days in the project #CriticalThinking in 365 concepts

It's been one of the hardest weeks we went through in almost thirty years. When things make little sense around you it is exactly then when you must rely on your independent thinking more than ever. It is exactly then when you must seek and execute deeper analyses. 

Our conclusion is a few words is that _everyone is alone._ Make good around you for good's own sake. Every moment counts. Make every moment a good one. Smile to everyone around you. No matter what. Enjoy every smile coming your way. Live every moment as if it were your very last. Build legacy every moment. 

218. Always stand on principle. Don't bend under pressure. 

219. Map where you stand. Again. And again. With honesty and modesty. Then act to get better. 

220. Denial

221. Run towards your dreams. No matter what. Nothing can hold you back when your dreams pull you towards the moment when you'll achieve them. 

222. Truth teller, aka Whistleblower 

223. Patience, Determination, and Endurance. All is forever relative. Make everything of true value. Always.

224. Don't re-invent the wheel. Nature already did that. Borrow "the wire to cut butter" instead.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Two hundred and seventeen days in the project #CriticalThinking in 365 concepts

Thirty-one weeks of #criticalthinking in 365 concepts are completed.

This new week that starts today we will reach three fifths of our journey.

We are dealing with a lot of case studies that demand our full attention in using all of our tools and processes that we introduced previously to ask questions and based on answering them to analyze and understand by ourselves what is happening in each case independently and by aggregating them in the entirety of the world taken in for analysis little by little.

Naturally, when introducing a case study I may be suggesting a direction for the analysis. It's obviously not the only direction possible. Yet, it is the one that very likely is obtained upon balancing a lot of factors in the analysis. Anyone can choose a different path in their analysis and hence a different conclusion (or claim) and then support that conclusion with their own facts and thorough analysis.

I challenge folks to conclude, if they so decide, with a sound and strong argument that the bees or the octopuses or the whales can all disappear and we should be proud to have caused their extinction for mere temporary financial profit. My brain can hardly make such arguments, but I'd be happy to comment professionally on your attempts if you choose to make them. I encountered nonetheless such arguments during my few years. I heard them from folks whom I deeply respect, but the arguments themselves seemed getting to
me after just passing through and being repeated in the words of the friends making the arguments. They were told with a lot of conviction but without a lot of thinking through of one's own, as the one mentioned in the story with Joule above. Joule was much more adamant about any disappearance of anything God made as being blasphemy—even at the mere thought of such disappearance—than the friends who today would simply say it's God's will that species disappear and they were created to serve us and other species will rise to serve us in the future. I was and am surprised to see how the same God apparently changed their mind from Joule's times to today. And, more importantly, how did we figure on the change of mind?

Why would someone born in the 1960s not be entitled to see the sign of the 34 million years old bee's existence and be impressed by it simply because someone else born a few decades earlier and a world away wanted to forever destroy the ancient bee's petrified sign under a mess of construction sites for privately owned two bedroom houses with two car garages? To revert back to Feynman's questions, where does God resolve this dilemma and how come we're not actually left to resolve it ourselves by deciding using our own moral compass and self trust that we can balance things right ourselves? Apparently back 50 years ago we were able to. It must be that we always were and thus we still are, and we'll always be able to think better for ourselves.

211. Play. Then play some more.  Don't fear results. Let curiosity lead your way. 

212. Culture. But of course.

213. It is what we don't see that could make the true value. Always. 

214. Observe. Infer. Do it again. And again. Learn from mistakes. Learn some more. Even more. Without feeling ashamed about original ignorance. Let ignorance fuel curiosity. 

215. Research agenda(s). Thoroughly and widely and deeply enough defined, and proactively and systematically pursued.

216. Dinner table training.

217. Can we say _absolutely priceless_?

What are the most important lessons we got this week based on the cases patented and some more similar ones that you may seek and look at yourselves?

Adrian S. Petrescu, Ph.D., J.D.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Two hundred and ten days in the project #CriticalThinking in 365 concepts

We completed week thirty in our year long project. This week we dealt with systemic advise for the most part. Some elements may seem more disconnected than usual. Yet, just take Frolic. For Isaac Newton establishing anew the discipline of differential calculus was a frolic. He was after all on a quest to formalize classic mechanics. Today I'm quite surprised to see we are not following in his footsteps when studying his work in high schools across the world. We are missing out. Not empowering high school learners with the power of epistemology, as early and as crude as it would be, is most likely a very costly mistake when aggregating its results over large numbers of learners and their entire future lives. 

204. Power. Of frolic. 

207. Advance and expand the field. Learn and build from each other.