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I am open-minded and curious.  Since my mind ranges freely over the intellectual terrain, my worldview extends in space and time. I respect evolutionary change, natural cycles and the web of all existence of which I’m part. I appreciate cosmic distances, geologic time and statements like “Our bodies contain atoms once inside ancient stars.”  I know the past provides insights into dealing with today’s problems; that future consequences of what we do must be considered. I realize the world is complex and sometimes understanding it requires simultaneously holding conflicting beliefs.


I find comfort in not seeking out factsor exposing myself to beliefs, and valuesthat would necessitate some revising of my associated worldview framework. (One might call it pre-meditated ignorance!) I'm often able to ignore facts that produce psychological discomfort.  I'm generally unable to live with facts, beliefs, and values that are inconsistent with each other. I like to "keep it simple, stupid," and often refuse to deal with issues requiring my mind range widely in space and time, or the complexity of simultaneously holding conflicting beliefs.

Note: With version 4.0, these themes are new to the Project Worldview theme structure in March, 2019.
As such this page may be rather incomplete or still "under construction" for quite awhile!

other web pages related to these themes in older WV Structures, click on version you want:  version 1.0     version 2.0 & 3.0 

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #101A: 

Mind Open, Vision Global

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #101B: 

Mind Narrowly Focused

Open Mindedness (from online encyclopedia) Cognitive Dissonance (from online encyclopedia)
Philosophy of History   (values learning from past to prepare for future from online encyclopedia) Mental Maps (dwelling near center of space / time mental maps, from online encyclopedia)
The Universe (from online encyclopedia) Reality Tunnel  (from online encyclopedia)
Human Evolution (from online encyclopedia) KISS Principle (from online encyclopedia)
Geologic Time (from online encyclopedia) "What’s Your Time Perspective?" by Jane Collingwood (article based on time types of Stanford professor posted on PsychCentral)
Timeline of Evolution (from online encyclopedia)  The Difference Between Open-Minded and Closed-Minded People (Farnam Street Sept 2017 blog)
Ancient Origins website “reconstructing the story of humanity’s past” Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster by David Green    (December 14, 2016 post on The Conversation)
Cosmological Time Line (from online encyclopedia) The Roots and Dangers of Closed-Minded Ideological "Thinking" by David Ropeik (essay posted on Psychology Today Dec 6 2011)
The Myth of the Flat Earth (from online encyclopedia) "Didn't spot the dancing gorilla in famous video? Why people suffer from 'inattention blindness'" (April 11 2011 post on The Daily Mail)
The Earth Institute at Columbia University Framing (Social, Cultural Filtering Context, from online encyclopedia)
Seeker -- Science & Exploration / Always Curious Compartmentalization (psychology concept, from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #59: How Belief in Evolution can Aid Monotheists and Win Sympathy for Climate Deniers (posted Jan. 17 2019)  Should I Pursue a Specialist or Generalist Function?, by R. Matuson (the issue in a career counseling context)
Have An Open Mind  by Z. Hereford (from Essential Life Skills) Breadth vs. Depth: A Premature Polarity, by E.D. Hirsch (the issue in an educational context)
7 Benefits of Being Open-Minded   (essay from Positively Present) The Psychology of Scarcity (how lack of narrows one's perspective, article/book review, in print edition of The Economist August 31 2013)
“Want to Be More Open-Minded?” (article from Harvard Business Review Jan 22 2019) Gazing vs. Focusing: Rods vs Cones / Wide Soak vs. Tunnel Vision by Don Lehman Jr   
Broadening Worldviews With Astronomy Education (from Project Worldview) The Lost Art of Focus: Multi-tasking vs. Mono-tasking by Jason Montero (October 2009 article)
Live Streaming Views of Earth from camera on The International Space Station courtesy of NASA (service started May 2014) The Myth of Multi-tasking: Focus or Fail by Adam Singer (July 2009 post on The Future Buzz)
Understanding Evolution ("your one-stop source for information on evolution" on Univ. of California, Berkeley website) Attentional Control (from online encyclopedia)
Supercomputer model simulations reveal cause of Neanderthal extinction (Institute for Basic  Science report  May 20 2020) “Self-Centered Cultures Narrow Your Viewpoint” by Roxanne Khamsi (New Scientist July 2007 article)
Researchers wonder if ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright (report from University of Kansas May 28 2019) tunnel vision in making business decisions


"How the Universe Creates Gold" by Duncan Brown and Edo Berger (article on website) Management Horizons: Quick and Dirty Short-termism (report from The Economist October 8 2016)
Climate Change Likely Iced Neanderthals Out Of Existence" by Jason Daley (from The Smithsonian August 29 2018 post) "Mindfulness Training May Help Focus Attention" by Megan Brooks (report posted on Medscape website Jan 21 2014)
“Modern humans left Africa much earlier” by Pallab Ghosh (from Science correspondent, BBC News   Jan 25 2018)    
“Humans Lived in Americas 130,000 years Ago Study Claims" by Carl Zimmer (article in The New York Times April 26 2017)  
Hunting for Aliens –Earth-sized Exoplanets (report from The Economist August 27 2016)  
"Of What is the Universe Really Made?" (science brief about the search for dark matter from The Economist August 22, 2015)  
"Planck Telescope Puts New Date Stamp on First Stars"  by Jonathan Amos  (report from BBC News Feb 5 2015)  
Fossil reveals transitional link from fins to feet" by Meeri Kim (article of evolutionary import, from January 13 2014 edition of The Washington Post)  
"Human Evolution: Unity or Diversity" (news report from The Economist October 19 2013)  
"Mass Extinctions: Small But Deadly" (news report of research in The Economist July 27 2013)  
"Ancient Europeans Underwent Mysterious Genetic Transformation 4500 Years Ago, Study Suggests" (April 2013 report on The Huffington Post)  
"When Did Humans Come to the Americas?" by Guy Gugliotta (article in The Smithsonian Feb 2013)  
A History of the World in 100 Objects (BBC website uses objects from the British Museum to tell human story; companion 2012 book by Neil MacGregor)  
The Big Question: What Day Most Changed the Course of History? (ten different answers to this, from The Atlantic March 2013)  
The Evolution of Co-operation by Martin Novak (2011 talk by Harvard professor on website)  
The Great Story (educational site re:14 billion year evolutionary heritage of humanity told as sacred story)  
An Atlas of the Universe (award winning website)   
Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context ed. Steven Dick  (read whole 2009 book online)  
The Foundational Questions Institute ("exploring the foundations and boundaries of physics and cosmology")  
Universal Darwinism (website about "design found in the universe as the creation of Darwinian processes")  
Evolution and Development of the Universe (papers from October, 2008 conference in Paris)  
Our Place in Space (Harvard-Smithsonian / NASA tour)   
The Man Who Found Time by Jack Repcheck (review of this 2007 book about James Hutton)  
The Scale of the Universe (to help make sense of cosmic distances and evolutionary history over time)  
Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA maintained website for discovering the cosmos)  
No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale, by F. Frankel and G. Whitesides (more about this 2009 book)  
Powers of Ten, a short film by Charles and Ray Eames  
The Future of Homo Sapiens, by Peter Ward (2009 article by Univ. of Washington paleontologist)  
Teaching the Flat Earth Theory, by Ellen Wedum (about helping students overcome "The Illusion of
Central Position:" the perception that the world centers on ME.) 
Cosmic Concerns (explores different ideas and theories of cosmology)  
Evolution and Extinction (numerous links from website for paleobotantists involved in education)   
In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension, by Dan Falk (read excerpts of 2008 book at Google Books)  
"Discovering Planets Just Got Easier," by Michael Lemonick (article in Time November 26, 2008)  
Kepler--The Search for Habitable Planets (the NASA/Ames Research center website for this project)   
"Cosmic Flock," by Dan Cray (report on NASA spacecraft exploring solar system in Time March 31 2008)  
quotes related to seeing a situation from different perspectives  

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