Skeptical Optimist or Hopeful Cynic? A Science Mindset

Is there any difference? At core, my new book is about learning science. And, as I’ve lamented before, the lack of understanding of cognitive science is a barrier to better L&D. However, it takes a certain mindset to put this into practice in practical ways.

Should you overall be optimistic or cynical?  Applying cognitive science (see what I did there?), I would err on the side of optimism.  Research suggests a positive attitude is overall better.  Thus, I guess I’m arguing for the former ;). The alternative, a cynic still looking for good, is less optimal.

However, optimism tempered with a healthy skepticism! There are those who’d take advantage of naivete, as has reliably been exposed.  A vigilant evaluation of what’s presented is healthy for dialog and moving the industry forward!

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