In the second year of my undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria, I took an intensive summer introduction to philosophy course. Summer courses have fewer students, so it was a more comfortable learning environment than the first-year courses I experienced. The class was taught in a lecture-style with the professor assigning readings after the talk.
About two weeks into the semester, the professor suddenly stopped in the middle of the class and shot out, like "
He was right, we were just taking what he said for granted, and dangerous. Since that day, I have continuously remembered this story and enjoy investigating more critically and deeply about what I hear see in the world, especially as I work and travel throughout Asia.
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Yikes, that must have been a heck of a moment, and I can see it left an impression! I think I identify the following:
Trigger: The moment the prof said you were all going to fail
Problem: Believing everything you were hearing, uncritically
Quest: To understand why the prof said what they said
Resolution: Identifying the subjective nature of knowledge
Purpose: A life lesson for young students!
Trigger: prof yelling and telling everyone they would fail
Problem: class not using critical thinking skills
Quest: finding out why the prof said what he did
Resolution: asking questions
Purpose: remember to think critically!