Valerie Erickson, Melissa Fitch, Tyler Shepard,
Teresa Ford, Molly Dykas, Stacy Cascadden
June 13, 2011
Thinking and Decision Making
In a world of such diversity there are thinkers who view the world scientifically, creatively, and logically. All of these different thinking styles are compared and contrasted to show the differences among them. When one approaches thinking scientifically one may resort to tactics such as observation, creating hypothesis. A person who thinks creatively uses the broadness of their own mind to take old ideas or creation and turn those ideas into something new and innovative. A logical thinker is a person who uses reasoning to come to a conclusion. Deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning are forms of logical thinking and often lead a thinker to a resolution. These different forms of thinking do differ, especially in a decision making process. The workplace is one of the main areas where decisions need to be made, using these forms of thinking throughout the decision process at one’s workplace will help an employee or manager reach a conclusion that will be unique and all their own based on his or her own thinking style
The scientific method of thinking is the tool for understanding the entire universe. This method has four major steps: observation, hypothesis formulation, experimentation, and verification (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007). To think scientifically a person must first observe something that needs explaining. This kind of thinking is known as cause and effect. Everything that happens has a reason. After observing an event, one must form a hypothesis. This is an educated guess on the something happening. After observing and assuming what is going on, an experiment will test the hypothesis. After appropriate testing of the situation, the result is will need verification. Here one would confirm the results and make a decision. The... [continues]
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