Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Mind, Thinking & Creativity

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course at Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mind, Thinking & Creativity

April 12-15, 2016

Mind is humanity’s highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge. It is an instrument with remarkable capabilities and characteristic limitations. It is ironic that we invest so little time in education and scientific endeavor trying to understand the nature of mental knowledge and the character of the mental processes by which we arrive at it. The objective of this course is to arrive at an understanding of the inherent limits to rationality and mental ways of knowing, as well as the extraordinary creative and intuitive processes by which mind transcends those limitations and tends toward genius.

Thinking is the activity by which mind associates, organizes, coordinates and integrates information, thoughts and ideas. Creative thinking is the process by which mind extends the boundaries of existing thought and knowledge to connect, reconcile and unify previously unconnected or contradictory perspectives. This course will explore the characteristics of mental knowledge and thought processes, types of thinking, the character of rational thought, the mental and social construction of knowledge, deep thinking, creativity and genius. Rather than focus on abstract philosophical concepts, it will apply this knowledge to understand both the sources of humanity’s prolific mental creativity, the characteristic problems it confronts due to irresolvable conflicts and contradictions between mental perspectives, and their resolution in different fields of natural and social science, public policy, collective and individual behavior.

CERTIFICATES AND CREDITS 

If you are attending the course at Dubrovnik, Croatia, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion by IUC. In addition, you may be eligible for a Certificate issued by Dag Hammarskjöld University College with 2.5 units of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit. A registration fee of 100 euros is payable for live attendees at IUC.

Webinar Participants will be eligible for a certificate of completion without ECTS credit. There is a fee of 25 euros for webinar participants seeking completion certificates. There is no fee for attending the course by webinar if you do not require a completion certificate.

  1. Power of Knowledge: Knowledge is power. Power derives from knowledge. The remarkable civilizational achievements of humanity have been the result of equally remarkable advances in our collective capacity for knowledge. This suggests that our persistent problems and incapacities reflect the insufficiency of present knowledge.

    Meta-questions:

    1. Why is knowledge powerful?
    2. What is the relationship between knowledge and human accomplishment?
    3. What do the achievements of modern civilization tell us about the type of knowledge we have attained?
    4. What do the problems confronting modern civilization tell us about the type of knowledge we have yet to acquire? 
  2. Types of Thinking: The way we think determines the kind of knowledge we acquire and the way we comprehend reality. Humanity has developed a variety of ways of thinking, each reflective of a particular capacity of the human mind. This suggests that our persistent problems and incapacities may reflect inherent limitations in the type of thinking on which present knowledge is founded.

    Meta-questions:

    1. What are the major types of thinking we utilize?
    2. What are the characteristics and limitations of each type?
    3. What is the relationship between thinking, definition, categorization, differentiation and organization?
    4. What do the achievements of modern civilization tell us about the effectiveness of the way we think?
    5. What do the problems confronting modern civilization tell us about the limitations in the way we think?
  3. Social & Psychological Construction of Knowledge: All knowledge is shaped and limited by explicit and implicit assumptions, attitudes, values, perspectives, opinions, beliefs of the society in which they are considered and the psychological preferences and biases of the individuals who consider it. Until Copernicus, the prevailing social belief in Europe based on church doctrine was that the earth was the center of the universe. We can only have power over that of which we are conscious. This suggests that the further development of knowledge and effective power depends on our capacity and willingness to make conscious and explicit the underlying premises and foundations on which present knowledge is founded.

    Meta-questions:

    1. In what sense can our present knowledge be considered socially-constructed?
    2. What are the underlying premises for that knowledge and how does it impact on the effectiveness of our present knowledge regarding humanity and its problems?
    3. How is our present knowledge psychologically construed?
    4. By what means can we make conscious the impact of psychological factors on the effectiveness and limitations of present knowledge?
  4. Conceptual Systems: In addition to social and psychological influences, all mental knowledge is also defined and limited by the conceptual framework in which it is viewed. Here too, very often the underlying premises and perspectives that shape a conceptual system and is contents may be implicit or even subconscious. Until Einstein, the prevailing and unquestioned assumption among scientists was that space an