The way our brain works
(Taken and adapted from Ted-Ed)
The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported by scientific evidence. So how did this idea come about, and what does it get wrong?
“The intellectual roots of critical thinking are as ancient as its etymology, traceable, ultimately, to the teaching practice and vision of Socrates 2,500 years ago who discovered by a method of probing questioning that people could not rationally justify their confident claims to knowledge. Confused meanings, inadequate evidence, or self-contradictory beliefs often lurked beneath smooth but largely empty rhetoric.”
Every day, we meet people and process our interactions–making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. The key is to rethink thinking.
What do you think?
- 1 Why do you think this unit is called “A New Generation of Thinking”? How does it differ from the old way of thinking?
- Does your country or society encourage this new way of thinking? Does your education system benefit people with different types of intelligences? Why, or why not?
- How can you develop the intelligences that you are weak at? Suggest some activities.