Mind is humanity’s highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge; therefore, it is ironic that we invest so little time in education and scientific endeavor trying to understand the nature of mental knowledge, the character of the mental processes by which we arrive at it, the inherent limits to rationality and mental ways of knowing, as well as the extraordinary creative and intuitive processes by which mind transcends those limitations and tends toward genius. Thinking is the activity by which mind associates, organizes, coordinates and integrates information, thoughts and ideas. Creative thinking is the process by which mind extends the boundaries of existing thought and knowledge to connect, reconcile and unify previously unconnected or contradictory perspectives. This course will explore the characteristics of mental knowledge and thought processes, types of thinking, the character of rational thought, the mental and social construction of knowledge, deep thinking, creativity and genius. Rather than focus on abstract philosophical concepts, it will apply this knowledge to understand both the sources of humanity’s prolific mental creativity, the characteristic problems it confronts due to irresolvable conflicts and contradictions between mental perspectives, and their resolution in different fields of natural and social science, public policy, collective and individual behavior.
The organizers propose to conduct this course in collaboration with IUC by inviting faculty from all IUC-member institutions to submit lecture proposals to participate in the course. The final length of the course (3, 4, 5 or 6 days) will be determined after reviewing all lecture proposals.
• Nature of Mind
• Types of thinking
• Conceptual construction of knowledge
• Social construction of knowledge
• Mental creativity & the scientific method
• Objective and Subjective forms of knowing
• Deep thinking and Paradigm change
• Education and development of the mind in children
• Limits to rationality
• Mental patterns associated with genius
• Insight and Intuition
The requirement for ECTS points is completion and acceptance of a short paper based on the course.