Critical Thinking, Other, Rational Thinking, Reason, Uncategorized

The Lethbridge consumption site: a lesson in prejudice and rumor gone awry.

Let's talk about an issue that no doubt has surfaced in many other areas around the globe but for the purpose of this article will be narrowed to a local scene, that I have witnessed first hand.  The recent opening of a safe consumption site within this city has caused quite a stir among the … Continue reading

Creativity and Conformity

The Science of Education: Creativity

The other side of the coin of conformity is creativity. Is there really a problem with creativity? What are the implications of total convergent thinking (conformity) and the loss of creativity in our society? Can we change this? Since we don’t have a creativity baseline, it is difficult to answer the first question. However, rational … Continue reading

Creativity and Conformity

The Science of Learning: Alternatives to Conformity

Is there an alternative to conformity in a system of mass education? This is a big question. Certainly not under the current mindset. Before something can be done about conformity, it needs to be recognized as a problem. First, we have to believe that there is a solution and that we can contribute to finding … Continue reading

Creativity and Conformity

The Science of Learning: The Immense Cost of Conformity

This article is the most difficult Science of Learning article that I will write. Considering the cost of conformity at an individual and societal level. The cost of conformity at a societal level is high, but the cost borne by an individual is even higher. I informally surveyed some clinical psychologists to gauge their opinions … Continue reading

Creativity and Conformity

The Science of Learning: Conformity in the Classroom

How has conformity become the norm in education, and what methods are used to foster absolute conformity? Where do we start? As I have mentioned previously, it is generally well accepted that education today owes its roots, at least in part, to Prussian military developments in the C17/C18 and the efficiency gains developed in manufacturing … Continue reading