Chapter 1: Right Brain Rising
Quote: "The left hemisphere reasoned sequentially, excelled at anaylasis, and handled words. The right hemisphere reasoned holistically, recognized patterns, and interpreted emotions and nonverbal expressions. Human beings were literally of two minds."
Question: How can we, as educators, foster right brained thinking while at the same time balancing left brain knowledge?
Connection: I like how this is the neuroscience behind the 20Time project. Just today I met with some people in the Technology Department at my school district. We discussed many things including adding a 20Time project to my class this coming school year.
Epiphany/Aha: On page 17-18 Daniel Pink discusses which side of the brain controls which side of the body. I remembered that 5 out of the last 7 Presidents of the United States are left handed, which is controled by the right side of their brains. If the right side of the brain is dominant in most of our recent presidents, what is it about politics and right brain thinking that seem to go together?
Chapter 2 Abundance, Asia, and Automation
Quote: "The paradox of prosperity is that while living standards have risen steadily decade after decade, personal, family, and life satisfaction haven't budged. That's why more people - liberated by prosperity but not fulfiled by it- are resolving the paradox by searching for meaning." Once you reach the peak, you need to find other purpose. Similar to Inigo Montoya, a character from the movie The Princess Bride. His whole life was spent on a quest to avenge his fathers death. Once that was done, he felt empty, like there was nothing left to define him. As Daniel Pink says later on the same page, "the pursuit of purpose and meaning has become an integral part of our lives."
Question: What happens next? What happens to us as our lives get clipped by automation and Asia - and reconfigured by abundance? (Pink, 2003, 47)
Connection: I think this shows why we students are in this particular program. For too many years education has been dominated by rote memorization high stakes testing. Our students are tested out. We have also been producing a generation of workers who can pick the correct answer from a list, not workers who can product the list themselves.
Epiphany/Aha: In my class I make connections to popular cinema whenever I can, it helps me connect with something my students know. As I was reading this chapter I kept thinking of the Terminator movie. On page 44, Daniel Pink discusses new technology's future capacity to replace humans, I started to think of Sky Net. Robots have taken over the world and are starting to wipe out humans. This is why a change to right brain thinking is important, it is a move towards relevance. We have created technology, we now have to come up with creative ways to use it.
Chapter 3 High Concept, High Touch.
Quote: Act 1, the industrial age, massive factories and efficient assembly lines powered the economy.
Act 2, the information age, the United States and other nations begin to evolve.
Act 3, Call this act the Conceptual age. The main characters now are the creator and the empathizer, whose distinctive ability is mastery of R-Directed Thinking.
Question: Since MFA's are becoming more useful than MBA's are we going to begin to see more MFA's incorporate business ideas, accounting, business laws, etc..., or MBA's bring in more art concepts?
Connection: So, how can we adapt our thinking to keep ourselves relevant? We continue to search for meaning, "Pursuits devoted to meaning and transcendence, for instance, are now as mainstream as double tall latte (Pink, 2003, 60)." The rise of blogging, expressing yourself on the internet could be one way people search for teanscendence and meaning. Daniel Pink discusses the next part of the book as an answer to the question, he calls them the six senses.
Epiphany/Aha: The discussion about the importance of MFA's due to their attention to detail struck home with me. Since I have begun exploring painting in my 20% project, I understand the importance of detail. I think that if you take someone with an eye for detail, teach them some business basics, you will find that they are quite effective at running and anaylizing a business.