A client recently expressed his frustration about the lack of consistency of findings when undertaking qualitative research in China. His complaint centred on the observation that there appeared to be less consistency in response and often more contradiction than he was used to when viewing research in other parts of the world. Given the increasing importance of China as a research market, it is probably important to pause for a moment and reflect on what may have been bugging him. It is a fact that the nature of thought differs by geography. There is a flourishing academic research field — inhabited by the likes of Richard Nisbett and others — which highlights the fact that our differing cultural backgrounds lead us to contextualise and ultimately process information in different ways. The Western world is dominated by Greek philosophical thought and reasoning remember Aristotle?
Asian Philosophy and Critical Thinking: Divergence or Convergence?
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Your life, like everything in the world around you, is a system. By learning how the systems of your life work, you can manipulate the systems to produce desired results. This is a process we call Systems Thinking. Systems thinking is a way of taking the things around us, and turning them into diagrams, ideas and concepts that can be broken down, analyzed and improved upon like time.
It is widely recognized nowadays that critical thinking has become a necessary ingredient in all levels of education. Educators and educational policy makers agree that one of the desirable goals of education is that students are able to think critically. In Thailand, many have felt the need to inculcate critical thinking more seriously in educational curricula. Thais have gone so far as to include a clause in the newly promulgated Constitution that a bill on education be passed by Parliament. At the moment the act is being considered by various factors and agencies.
That's not a racist slur, it's the title of a book by Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani. While he offers no answer, the question he poses is excellent and long overdue. The facts are not in dispute: 1, years ago China under the Song Dynasty was the world's most advanced nation. Even years ago China under the Qing rulers was first among equals. Yet in the past years, the West's superiority over Asia has widened exponentially over any advantage the East ever enjoyed.