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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More Critical Thinking

The problem is that thinking is embodied in disciplines. It's not a free-floating set of "skills" that are perfectly transferable between one field of study and another. A decontextualized set of abstract capabilities only gets us so far. You can see very smart people floundering when they are not in their element, not because they aren't smart (abstract skills) and not because they don't have enough information about the other discipline, but because they don't know how to articulate connections between the two.

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