Ecological thinking promotes a way for the brain to think differently from what people are used to. It usually combines aspects of nature to produce a more circular way of thinking instead of the everyday, linear thinking. Using the example of the walking tree as Mitchel Resnick had said, thinking ecologically is like brainstorming – outputting many different ideas to a specific topic then eliminating those that are not needed, leaving with the “best” choice.
Remembering the chart we filled out in class, ecological thinking was served as the “middle ground” or the “gray areas” between critical and creative thinking. So to say, ecological thinking has no definite black and white areas nor does it have “right” or “wrong”. It is always somewhere in between, balancing the way our brain process ideas.
- “What is ecological thinking?”
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