In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell stated the following: “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” While this may induce a type of debate, the point is that practice makes perfect. Today, because technology grants us an influx of information, good or bad, there are more answers than questions because most feel they fully understand a topic after a five to ten-minute read. Then they have the magic answers to enter a topic. However, I feel that it’s more important to ask questions to spark intellectual curiosity. It’s better to not know than to know because it helps us learn.
We’ve been trained that answers equal knowledge and facts intelligence. But both are far from creative or critical thinking. It’s what we do with knowledge and facts that help embark on a path of discovery. Because we like “to know,” and there is nothing wrong with that necessarily, we often don’t want to say, “I don’t know,” or “Maybe I am wrong.” This mindset hinders us and the world from a good debate and exchange of ideas—asking, who, what, where, when, why, and how is a humbling experience. Humility is something our world desperately needs at this moment, and it should start by trying to learn and understand people and things, even if they are far from our comfort zone.
So how do we critically and or creatively think? Please, stay tuned for those answers on next post on this subject matter. In the mean time, feel free to drop off your opinions on critical and creative thinking.