Different Ways of Thinking Bring Success!

Smiling business people working together at a meeting

We have always thought about our occupations as separate things working for different purposes. But what if we were to combine them so that they can learn to work together? This is what John Steele writes in his article called “Flashback: Human Uniqueness”. Steele suggests a very interesting thought since physicists and philosophers have very different ways of thinking. Although, by making them work in a team, there is a greater range of ideas that can be produced.

A scientist usually reasons inductively in almost all of his theories since most of them are assumptions. For example, a physicist finds out that 200 people with a weight of 150 pounds fall off a ledge and land 1.5 seconds after. He could then assume that all people weighing 150 pounds will land 1.5 seconds after falling off the ledge. This is known as inductive reasoning. A philosopher might question this approach since he might state that the physicist cannot predict the future and therefore, is unable to state for certain that any person weighing 150 pounds will fall with that exact time.  

A philosopher might talk about a subject more in depth and find out all of the flaws that scientists could have left behind. In a way, we could state that the philosopher will double check the predictions and assumptions of the physicist, which is a great method to reduce any errors that could be made!

I could refer this to the multiple team projects I have performed in my years at school. I can say for a fact that anytime I was with one or more partners, we always came up with more inspiring ideas than if I would work alone. This is normal since we would be working with two brains instead of one and also because not all people think the same way.

Some of the ways of thinking include thinking creatively (such as people interested in art), realistically (anything that is real and supported by our senses), pragmatically (think about short-term objectives), and analytically (think about every detail and criticize it before finding an answer).

We can therefore state that different types of thinkers, such as physicists and philosophers, complement each other which unarguably mean that they both advantage one another. I think that any time we can work together to form strong teams, such as this one, we should do it. This leads me to ask: are there any other combinations of occupations that could form good teams in your opinion?  


This blog was inspired by the following article: http://nautil.us/issue/11/light/flashback-human-uniqueness 


Posted on March 13, 2014, in Daily Science and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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