The Unforeseen Challenge

Critical Thinking & The Human Mind

Michael Ken

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Critical Project

Imagine you and a team of your best workers have been assigned to complete an important project that is crucial to your company’s survival. This project will require your team to quickly compute large spreadsheets, write lengthy documents, edit videos, and research and review copious amounts of data. And with COVID-19, your team will have to work remotely, communicating and collaborating via the internet. The task is highly complex and it will be difficult to complete the project before the impending deadline. Still, the project is so critical that failure is not an option.

The day before the project kicks off, your team receives a shipment of equipment that must be used to complete the project. You open the box, full of excitement, your mind racing with thoughts about how you will set up your workspace. As you start pulling out the equipment, however, you notice something very peculiar. The computer equipment is twenty-five years old, with bulky, monochrome monitors and a black and white dot matrix printer. There are Windows 95 floppy disks and other outdated programs full of glitches. You find out your internet will be provided through a dial-up service using a Netscape browser.

Now, you have two difficult problems to solve, the first is completing the project, and the second is trying to figure out how to do that while using old technology.

Old Technology

This is the challenge we all face daily. Everyday, we use our minds to analyze, evaluate, make decisions, and take actions that will move us along our goals in hopes of completing important, personal projects. Like the team above, we are trying to accomplish these difficult tasks with outdated, slow, and glitchy equipment we loosely refer to as the human mind. And just like the team above, we end up having two different challenges to overcome, the first being the project we are trying to complete, and the second, conquering the obstacles our own minds produce. Some people go through their entire life without ever realizing this predicament that critical thinking both illuminates and seeks to remedy. If you have never…

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Michael Ken

My journal about life in the woods. Visit intothewoods.blog to see my complete journal, photographs, and articles.