Entertaining Possibilities Without Prejudice

There’s always another way to look at things. This observation doesn’t mean, however, that the conventional and traditional ways are wrongheaded, silly, and meaningless. An alternative isn’t always the same as an antithesis. Critical thinking is the ability to entertain new possibilities without arbitrarily closing our minds to what remains useful in our previously held… Continue reading Entertaining Possibilities Without Prejudice

Thinking in Different Philosophies

Polygots often speak of the worlds of art and literature that are made available to them upon learning a new language. An English-speaking person who studies French, for instance, is able to be inspired and informed by a larger population of films, books, songs, and conversations. They are able to laugh at jokes that were… Continue reading Thinking in Different Philosophies

All ideas are fragile

“And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily… Continue reading All ideas are fragile

I disagree with “I disagree”

“I disagree”, when offered as the final statement in response to any idea, strikes me as the  least productive stance that could be taken if one’s purpose for engaging alternative perspectives involves learning and personal growth. “I disagree”, in the sense I have described above, seems to lead to nothing more than a triumphant sense… Continue reading I disagree with “I disagree”

Which side am I on?

“I’m not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn’t.” -Twyla Tharp  “I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.” -Robert Anton Wilson Secular or Religious? Physics or Metaphysics? Science or Spirituality? Normal or Paranormal? Materialism or Mysticism? In all honesty, I have very little use… Continue reading Which side am I on?