Future minds

In looking to the future, Howard Gardner posed the following question

"...What kind of mind do we need if we are to create a world in which we would like to live..."

Howard Gardner, 2006a

His answer is 5 kinds:

i. a disciplinary mind (includes a mastery of a school of thought such as science, mathematics and history, and at least one professional craft; possesses self-disciplined characteristics)

ii. a synthesizing mind (ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others)

iii. a creative mind (capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions and phenomena)

iv. a respectful mind (awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings)

v. an ethical mind (fulfilment of one's responsibility as a worker and a citizen, such as taking responsibilities as a world citizen; ponders the nature of one's work and the desires of society in which one lives; in an interlinked world, intolerance and disrespect are no longer a viable option) (for more details, see succession planning under Ingredient 7)

We need to understand that the human mind suffers from "triplet of opacity" in understanding the past

"...a) the illusion of understanding, or how everyone thinks he knows what is going on in a world that is more complicated (or random) than he realizes;

b) a retrospective distortion, or how we can assess matters only after the fact, as if they were in a rearview mirror (history seems clear a more organized in history books than in empirical reality); and

c) the over-valuation of factual information and the handicap of authoritative and learned people, particularly when they create categories..."

Nassim Taleb, 2007


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