Inquiry and Critical Thinking
I think that inquiry is the act of questioning in order to receiving knowledge. I think that inquiry is something that comes natural to every human being as they grow and I think that in the early years humanity a lot of the questions that arose were simple and had somewhat of a simple solution yet they were important to get us to where we are. My generation and recent ones have come into a world were a lot of the questions that we ask have answers and it makes us conform with what we have, so I think that critical thinking has become vital in the growth of humanity. Critical thinking is thinking about what you are thinking. By that I mean that when you are given something to study, you study it like you normally would, but afterwards you go back and see how you studied it. This allows you to see the perspective that you have and hopefully acquire new ones. By doing this I think we can find new solutions and further our knowledge in what we previously thought was a problem that was completely solved.
The two assignment that I chose for this element was the Dr. Strange Love/Fail Safe comparison essay and the Van Gough response that we did. I think that in the Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe response we are able to see how we view the atomic problem that we face in the modern era . If you picked fail safe you have a more nonchalant way of looking at it, a more "its out of our hands" kind of perspective, but if you pick Dr. Stramgelove as being more relatable to now a day then its seem that you are you think of it as more of a "it is our own fault". For the second assignment I chose the Van Gough Assignment were we had to find the Van Gogh art work that was showing at the Portland Art Museum and describe how its surrounding affected it. In this assignment I was able to learn that its is not only the artist's work that is being shown, but it is the curator, the person that build the museum, the people that set up the lights, the person that picks the frames and everyone else's participation in delivering the painting onto your eyes, that a gives you a certain experience of a piece of art work that is completely unique.