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Thinking tools from Philosophy for Scientists & Engineers

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Philosophy gifted us with Empiricism, Rationalism & Pragmatism. Learn their roots & how to balance each in your technical work.

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Philosophy as a Bridge between Science & Engineering

As work increases in complexity, becoming more and more abstract, one of the biggest challenges faced is how to effectively interpret and synthesise ideas and values. Joining the dots between context, technical requirements and evolving regulations relies on integrated thinking as well as 'responsible knowing'. Training in philosophy can help create "stepping stones in the swamp" for Industry 4.0. Understanding both how the philosophy of science evolved and which branches support us best in this modern 'Age of Information' will prove both entertaining and enlightening.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Avoid data-traps - why more information may not always support better decisions
  • Spot how biases & logical flaws blind us from gaining valuable insights into past events
  • Diversify your thinking frames to solve complex problems by sustaining both quesionability and intellectual humility

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The ‘meta-verse’ of Miro (a whiteboard tool) allows us to collaborate in small groups on thought experiments and exercises. These explore how scientiats and philosophers like Charles Darwin and Francis Bacon can help us to improve our thinking strategies.

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I am Fiona Fennell, the Founder of Think4Purpose and a Performance Coach for STEM professionals for over 20 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Business Systems within the field of Quality Management. I currently work as a cognitive bias reduction trainer and am interested in how we can close knowledge gaps in regulated settings.


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