Reconciling Scientific Knowledge With Ecological Knowledge

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The importance of reconciling scientific knowledge with ecological knowledge (i.e., good old common sense) is paramount as the world moves into the domain of Black Swan events.

The need to get the most of our critical-thinking skills and common sense is evidenced on a daily basis not only by the exponential growth of big data but also by the ever greater relevant uncertainties, complexities and systems discontinuities of our times.

Ever since scientific knowledge made great progress, it arrogantly, foolishly, and irresponsibly, pushed ecological knowledge to the side. To the point of creating the infamous saying “Common sense is the least common of all senses!”

Common sense, however, along with human intuition or gut feeling, has evolved for millions of years. It is so powerful, that Artificial Intelligence has been unable to even come close to it. This is one of the reasons the power of reconciling scientific knowledge with common sense in almost unlimited!

Although one may be tempted to feel discouraged when facing uncertainty or too much complexity, one should keep in mind that the best opportunities for critical-thinking skills development and exercising common sense are precisely within these types of environments. This is how one goes beyond antifragility and develops Tropophilia.

A little great “trick” that has helped me, throughout my life of over half a century, to not only deal with complexity and uncertainty but to embrace it, has been having a clear understanding of a Higher Purpose and the power of vision.

When you stand on a mountaintop it is only natural to have a panoramic view!

This is precisely what having a clear understanding of your Higher Purpose helps you achieve at the intellectual and Spiritual level.

So, once you have a clear picture of the whole, a 360-degree view with a myriad of reference points, it’s a rather easy to focus with laser precision into any specific point within the whole.

Then, you just need to enjoy and let your critical-thinking skills and common sense come into play!

One must enjoy the process, otherwise, our critical-thinking ability will be highly diminished. Here is where Emotional Intelligence comes in handy.

This is pretty much what reconciling scientific knowledge (i.e., Critical Thinking) and ecological knowledge (i.e., Common Sense) is all about.

Now, I have a simple question for you, what is the difference between the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, and the sum of the parts being greater than the whole?

To answer this question, think about a surround sound system where two speakers create a third experience where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts (e.g., 1 plus 1 = three). Or, think about a bureaucracy where the sum of its parts is much greater than the whole!

To Reconciling Scientific Knowledge And Common Sense!

JC Wandemberg Ph.D.

Sustainable Systems International

About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.

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