A high-school teacher recently told me about his passion—tracking animals in the wilderness. Looking for paw print, size, length of gait, and direction in the context of habitat requires simple, deductive reasoning. The opposite—making facts fit predetermined outcomes—is the enemy of reason.
While the teacher talked about his inspiration—to sharpen the learning skills of students by exposing them to such lessons from nature—it occurred to me that every human endeavor that leaves its mark can be similarly traced. Read the rest of this entry »