Human Egocentricity and Critical Thinking – Part 1



and I want to talk a little bit about the design of the conference or what we're hoping to accomplish this year a little bit of our philosophy at the opening address on the first day of the conference you'll hear this again I think it's important to hear it now you have a sink so what we're again what we're trying to accomplish and how we're structuring our session our view is that the only way that you can learn anything well is to sink into your thinking there is no shortcut to that there isn't a simple way of doing that and so what we're going to be doing in this session is precisely that will be to take one concept one idea and try to get to men let's say initial command you've got one idea and in order for you to do that you have to do the intellectual work that's required for those of you that are new what we again ask you to do is to think about this concept of intellectual work or intellectual discipline developing intellectual skills working your way intellectually through content what we want our students to do is precisely that we want them to learn to engage their minds in the process of learning and we argue that if we're going to ask our students to do this we have to be willing to do it ourselves and we have to have crystal-clear concept of what that looks like the way that we think about this is somewhat different from what you typically see at conferences where you go to different if you go to different sessions or lots of sessions to choose from you what are those sessions you said and you listen to the information being given to you and some of it is useful and you take it back and you can use it to some extent we're not trying to do that here we are trying to as it were cultivate the intellect your intellect my intellect and our students so I'm not intellect I guess so on to some extent coming to you as both expert and critical thinking but I'm more coming to you as a person interested in developing my own luggage and I think I'm most valuable to you as such person who takes my cleat seriously to the extent that I'm able to given the barrier of egocentricity in my mind so we'll come back with obviously our focus for today so at the conference you're going to be doing the same kinds of activities all throughout these six days so that you'll be reading you'll be discussing you'll be writing you explaining over and over and over again through the content because if you think about it they're only a small set of ways to work anything into your thinking you can read something right you can hear something you can write about what you've heard or read you can explain to someone else your understanding you can draw you can give an analogy but there is a small set of ways to really work something so realize that you're going to be doing the same things over and over again they're going to be somewhat mundane they're going to be even sometimes I don't want to use the word boring because I think if it's boring then you're not engaging for intellect what is true is that if I talk all day long you'll learn very little so that you want to really think about your concept of developing the mind in the background if you're thinking as you move through this combo because you're here fundamentally help your students develop their thinking I argue that a necessary condition for that is developing your own mind that's the most important thing you can do for your students because when you have developed your own mind the teaching strategies it'll come now I'm not saying they'll come instantly and it'll be super simple but I'm saying this is a necessary condition what one of the big problems that we face in teaching is that teachers want the activities they want the structures they want to know how you teach critical thinking without thinking critically themselves now I'm telling you I don't know more people are coming to the concept of critical thinking in the world we're still just a tiny drop we're very very long way too and affect the way people live what we are concerned about foundation for critical thinking nice dream about long-term change and one of our embassies is on fair-mindedness we don't just want our students to think better we want them to think better ethically and I would argue that if you're thinking well truly then you are also going to gather but we kind of have to put that ethical dimension to the center for people to see it so we want people to think better because we recognize that the quality of your life is dependent on the quality of your thinking the quality of student learning is dependent on the quality of student thinking so if they're thinking well they're going to learn well if they can correlate they're going to learn for me we're interested in students being engaged in the classroom we don't want classrooms where students travel to daydream we don't want classrooms where students are saying what the hell do I get out of here why do I have to take this subject thank God I never have taken to the classroom miss Buchanan when they graduate from high school that's what we don't want we want students who go out into the world with traits of mind the disposition to to persevere through complexities and problems having intellectual humility being able to distinguish clearly what they know from what they don't know in any given situation does the office of intellectual arrogance so we want students who function in the world in a very different way from the typical person and it's a long run we're not going to solve all the problems in this conference we're going to take one more tiny step forward we do that and for those of you who are new what I hope for you is that you will get hooked on the idea of critical thinking as being critical to living examples that you come away with this idea I don't really know what this is but I think it's really good but you will be confused and you will it mean it is complicated it's simple and confident same time so if you're confused and it's getting all of them you know jumbling in mind that's fine if you leave with a sense that this is the real goal this is worth my time then we want to accomplish I think are most important I want you to think of critical thinking like you think of sports if you if I want to teach you to play tennis you felt really good at tennis tonight yeah and you said look I want to learn it split ends so how long will it take you teaching I would say well how well do you want to play you want to actually go a little play game because if you want to learn how to play a game that's gonna take a little while so what I just like a good following in football I can do that more quick do you want to be in the letter level of Roger Federer you want that I've got it it's truly my father so you have to make that decision but I would say until we treat thinking the way we treat sports and other skill areas like music we're never gonna really achieve what we can think it we take our thinking for granted we assume that's pretty good and then again we don't assume as a world thinking can be flawed and it's often

6 thoughts on “Human Egocentricity and Critical Thinking – Part 1”

  1. In fact that's the main cause of problems of everyday life and conflict at all levels,in family, at work and in globally . Linda Helder is a leading expert in the field of egocentricity and critical thinking. Frankly, I find this theme very attractive … .

  2. my mom seriously thinks everyone in the world only think about themselves and noone else. i don't mind strangers just telling me their opinion on this. please do.

  3. I'll never forget my mother telling me I might enjoy philosophy, as it is all about how to think. I was so insulted as I thought all I had to do in life was learn the facts i needed. My thinking was pretty hot as it was thank you very much ! … lmao ! Well I have come a long way since then ! These days I just feel so darn stupid !

  4. I want to learn more. Please don't stop producing informative lectures about critical thinking.. Thank you !

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