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  1. 1. Ludic learning for life: happily marryingscience + criticism online KA Watson, Coastline CC 1
  2. 2. Happily marrying….Scientific thinking... andCritical thinking... for:Thinking! KA Watson, Coastline CC 2
  3. 3. Marrying our thought processesScientific thinking helps us to… –Evaluate/test theories of cause & effect –Discern correlation/causation in hypotheses –Use an empirical process –Make claims that are testable KA Watson, Coastline CC 3
  4. 4. Marrying our thought processesCritical thinking helps us to … Identify a problem Devise a supposition Verify the applicability of a supposition Interpret, re-interpret, & analyze solutions Select, optimize, & implement best solutions KA Watson, Coastline CC 4
  5. 5. Espousing: The Scientific MethodWhat? Etymologically scientiaWho has used it? Egyptians, Greeks, Islamists, OccidentalsWhy? To analyze selves & environsHow used, in exact sciences and… KA Watson, Coastline CC 5
  6. 6. The dowry: Scientific MethodCommonly cited steps Formulate a question Do research Construct a hypothesis Test the hypothesis Analyze the test results Hone the hypothesis Communicate the findings KA Watson, Coastline CC 6
  7. 7. Espousing: Critical thinkingWhat? - ability & disposition to improve thinking - systematic intellectual self-assessmentWho uses it? - parents, citizens, friends, lovers, consumersWhy? - to evaluate, discern subjective & objectiveHow used, in human sciences and…. 7 KA Watson, Coastline CC
  8. 8. Wedded! Defining critical thought (CT)chez Reichenbach: Analyze, integrate, evaluatechez Guffy: Pinpoint the problem Learn more, seek possible causes Evaluate the evidence Consider alternative solutions & implications Choose & implement a solution KA Watson, Coastline CC 8
  9. 9. A six-step plan to marry SM & CT everywhere:ConsistencyObservabilityNaturalnessPredictabilityReplicabilityTentativity KA Watson, Coastline CC 9
  10. 10. Point #1: Consistency …in scientific thought, the scientific method …in STEM …in critical thinkingQuestion: How can/do we reconcile logicalcoherence, recognizability, and novelty? KA Watson, Coastline CC 10
  11. 11. Point #2: Observability …in “scientific thought”, scientific method …in STEM …in critical thinking Question: How do we notice what, at oncecollecting the catalysts & then creating? KA Watson, Coastline CC 11
  12. 12. Point #3: Naturalness …in scientific thought, scientific method …in STEM …in critical thinking Question: How do we define what is“natural”? How do we recognize“naturalness”? KA Watson, Coastline CC 12
  13. 13. Point #4: Predictability …in scientific thought, scientific method …in STEM …in critical thinkingQuestion: Can it be determined what will happennext? Should this be possible? KA Watson, Coastline CC 13
  14. 14. Point #5: Replicability …in scientific thought, scientific method …in STEM …in critical thinking Question: Given the sameenvironment, circumstances, experimentalconditions, will others arrive at the sameconclusions? KA Watson, Coastline CC 14
  15. 15. Point #6: Tentativity …in scientific thought, the scientific method …in STEM …in critical thinking Question: how are tenacity and tentativity both tobe accommodated? KA Watson, Coastline CC 15
  16. 16. Critical scientific thought: 6 ways wed Get the attitude, the ethic of the critical thinker Practice reasoning & decision-making Train in cross-disciplinary applications Become self-aware & reflective Test ideas & retain only the distilled ones Never stop asking questions KA Watson, Coastline CC 16

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