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Scientific Habits of the Mind

For several years, at the Early Career workshop, Dave Mogk showed the following quotations and posed the questions below to workshop participants.

Quotations from Guiding Documents

Questions for Geoscience Faculty

  • Reasoned use of evidence
  • Acquisition and evaluation of the quality of evidence
  • Critical thinking; address questions, methods, interpretations
  • Inquiring, evaluating
  • Verifiable data, testable hypotheses
  • Rigorous proof
  • Predictability
  • Curiosity – Wonder – Awe
  • Skepticism; question authority; be open minded
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Comfortable with revision to ideas
  • The ability to identify and avoid bias
  • Integrity, fairness, intellectual honesty, ethical behavior
  • Computational, estimation skills
  • Observational, measurement skills; attention to detail
  • Ability to see patterns, relations
  • Data manipulation and presentation skills
  • Sense of wonder, excitement
  • Asking questions is as important as finding answers
  • Ability to relate data, explanations, process to a non-scientist
  • Multiple working hypotheses vs. "linear" thinking
  • Ability to communicate (accurately) what you know
  • Comfortable with uncertainty, ambiguity
  • Connections of data to other things
  • Perseverance, follow-through, learn from failure
  • Inspiration, intuition


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