Ok, I've decided to be a little tighter on the scope of this blog. There are plenty of blogs out there that identify the consequences of poor thinking skills in, for instance, the realm of politics, but those posts can not be evaluated adequately by most of the population because of those same poor thinking skills. This is not surprising, given that the US public school system fails to consider actual thought or even correlation to reality to be significant issues when focusing on stuffing as much disconnected information into our heads as possible. This needs to change.
Therefore, this blog will focus on four things that are of interest to me:
- Suggestions of mental processes to cultivate that facilitate accurate thinking (e.g., evaluating form vs content vs intent of statements)
- Applying such thinking to business-related activities (from a management perspective)
- Analytical skills that programmers should cultivate (e.g., SQL optimization and management BS detection)
- Consequences of sloppy thinking on individuals (e.g., relationship of the denial of standards to self esteem)
The problem with limiting myself to these subjects is that I'll basically be talking to myself. Although there are a couple of relevant blogs that I know about, most blogs deal with issues a little farther along the philosophical chain from epistemology. Therefore, link references and trackbacks will consist of three types: examples of good thinking that I've described in the past (or concurrent with the link reference), examples of a particular pattern or example of bad thinking, and cases in which a particular thought process might have saved someone from unfortunate consequences. I will try to make these examples as obvious as possible, with as little complexity or subtlety as possible so that the point being made is clear.
One thing I will not do (at this time) is try to convince anyone why accurate thinking is necessary. I figure that anyone who hasn't concluded this is lost, anyway, and we should just treat them as children and hope they don't breed.