Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Five Minds

This morning at FoL, Howard Gardner discussed the Five Minds of the Future, which is also the title of a book he wrote. The five minds include the: ethical, creative, synthesizing, disciplined, and respectful minds. The essence of Howard's talk for me, having also read the book, is that the minds intersect--you can't be creative or synthesize without deep understanding (discipline); without respect, ethics are superficial; you can't be or practice any of these minds without awareness and intent. No matter how complex the world gets, no matter how many people inhabit it or how much technology we encounter, humans make, conceive, and perceive "reality." If our world is to be excellent, ethical, and engaging, we as citizens of the world must intentionally practice these dispositions.

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