Thinking the Complex – Our Links of the month

Adina Asbeck Education, News Leave a Comment

Our this months collection out of the world wide web gives some input on how our society and businesses struggle with their aim to control and structure the way of learning and working.

“What makes a genius?” an article  by Claudia Kalb, published by the National Geographic concentrates on the scientific research of genius minds, such as Michelangelo or Einstein and states that to achieve brilliant ideas we need “intelligence, creativity, perseverance, and simple good fortune, to name a few”.

““The more complex an organism is,” says artist and teacher Adam Wolpert, “the more capable it becomes. And the more capable it is, the more it can address challenges and seize opportunities. The downside of that is, the more complex it becomes, the more vulnerable it becomes.””, Steve Vassalo wrote in his article “Design Thinking Needs To Think Bigger” for Co.Design and introduces the need to renew our way of thinking.

Thomas L. Friedmann asks in his essay “From Hands to Heads to Hearts”, published by the New York Times, “what makes us humans unique?”, concentrating on the fact, that we live in a technical society, competing in thinking with machines. But machines “will never have: a heart”. “Humans can love, they can have compassion, they can dream. While humans can act from fear and anger, and be harmful, at their most elevated, they can inspire and be virtuous. And while machines can reliably interoperate, humans, uniquely, can build deep relationships of trust.”

The Guardian published an article by Christina Patterson, suggesting that dance might “future-proof our children”, meaning that “we will need all the creativity and curiosity and flexibility we can muster. We’ll need all the “innovation” we can get.”

Last but not  least, take the time to watch this short animated film by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez, giving a colorful statement about our systematic, structured world, lacking the freedom of creativity and self expression and their necessity to be truly content.

Picture Source: Creative Commons (CCO)


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