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  1. 1. Bold fusion: The scientific method marries critical thought<br />1<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  2. 2. Bold fusion….<br />Scientific thinking<br /> Critical thinking<br /> Thinking!<br />2<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  3. 3. A bold fusion of thought processes<br />Scientific thinking makes one…<br />Evaluate/test theories of cause & effect<br />Discern correlation/causation in hypotheses<br />Use an empirical process<br />Make claims that are testable <br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />3<br />
  4. 4. A bold fusion of thought processes<br />Critical thinking makes one…<br /> Identify a problem<br /> Devise a supposition<br /> Verify the applicability of a supposition<br /> Interpret, re-interpret, & analyze solutions<br /> Select, optimize, & implement best solutions<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Bold fusion: TheScientific Method <br />What?<br />Etymologicallyscientia<br />Who has used it?<br /> Egyptians, Greeks, Islamists, Occidentals<br />Why?<br /> To analyze selves & environs<br />How used, in exact sciences and…<br />5<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  6. 6. Bold fusion: Scientific Method<br /> Commonly cited steps<br /> Formulate a question<br /> Do research<br /> Construct a hypothesis <br /> Test the hypothesis<br /> Analyze the test results<br /> Hone the hypothesis<br /> Communicate the findings <br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Bold fusion: Critical thinking<br />What?<br /> - ability & disposition to improve thinking<br /> - systematic intellectual self-assessment<br />Who uses it?<br /> - parents, citizens, friends, lovers, consumers<br />Why?<br /> - to evaluate, discern subjective & objective<br />How used, in human sciences and…. <br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Bold! Activities defining critical thought (CT)<br />Reichenbach’s: <br /> Analyze, integrate, evaluate <br />Guffy’s:<br /> Pinpoint the problem <br /> Learn more, seek possible causes<br /> Evaluate the evidence<br /> Consider alternative solutions & implications<br /> Choose & implement a solution<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Bold fusion <br /> A six-step plan to marry SM & CT everywhere:<br />Consistency<br />Observability<br /> Naturalness <br /> Predictability<br />Replicability<br />Tentativity<br />9<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  10. 10. Bold fusion: Consistency<br />…in scientific thought, the scientific method<br /> …in STEM<br /> …in critical thinking<br />Question: How can/do we reconcile logical coherence, recognizability, and novelty?<br />10<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  11. 11. Bold fusion: Observability<br />…in “scientific thought”, scientific method<br /> …in STEM<br /> …in critical thinking <br />Question: How do we notice what, at once collecting the catalysts & then creating?<br />11<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  12. 12. Bold fusion: Naturalness<br />…in scientific thought, scientific method<br /> …in STEM<br /> …in critical thinking <br />Question: How do we define what is “natural”? How do we recognize “naturalness”? <br />12<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  13. 13. Bold fusion: Predictability<br />…in scientific thought, scientific method<br /> …in STEM<br /> …in critical thinking<br />Question: Can it be determined what will happen next? Should this be possible?<br />13<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  14. 14. Bold fusion: Replicability<br />…in scientific thought, scientific method<br /> …in STEM<br /> …in critical thinking <br />Question: Given the same environment, circumstances, experimental conditions, will others arrive at the same conclusions?<br />14<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  15. 15. Bold fusion: Tentativity<br />…in scientific thought, the scientific method<br /> …in STEM <br /> …in critical thinking <br />Question: how are tenacity and tentativity both to be accommodated? <br />15<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />
  16. 16. Critical scientific thought: 6-way fusion<br />Get the attitude, the ethic of the critical thinker<br />Practice reasoning & decision-making <br />Train in cross-disciplinary applications <br />Become self-aware & reflective<br />Test ideas & retain only the distilled ones<br />Never stop asking questions<br />KA Watson, Coastline CC<br />16<br />

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