Calling All Thinkers — a plea for fostering diversity in thought

I am concerned that our educational system is blocking photorealistic visual thinkers like me from careers in science. Instead, we should encourage diversity in modes of thinking so that we arenā€™t losing the special talents of people who might contribute greatly to research and development by offering unique perspectives.

Calling All Thinkers | The Scientist MagazineĀ®.

This is a good read. I do wish it included an image, though, beyond a photo of the author’s book cover. I often use images to try to make a similar point — that the question of impact is really a question of looking at different aspects of research, for instance. Here’s my go-to image for that claim:

Jastrow's Duck-Rabbit

It’s a simple point, but figuring out how to make it is difficult. I’m actually a big fan of the idea of involving the body somehow. I think this sort of perceptual shift is connected with our kinesthetic sense — it’s something we have to experience or feel.

If you care to get a sense of how I think, it’s shown by the ‘fact’ that I think these observations, above, are connected to both the Humboldtian idea of linking research and teaching and to my push to extend our thinking about altmetrics well beyond article-level metrics of even many different types of scholarly communication.