1. Knowledge is generated through the interaction of critical and creative thinking. Evaluate this statement in two areas of knowledge. It is important to be able to distinguish between critical and creative thinking. As an international baccalaureate student, it’s important for me to apply these two ways of thinking. Rather than simply critically analyzing a lot of problems, such as solving math based on rules and equations taught, I am expected to create new ways to help me understand every subject.
Though creative and critical thinking may be the two sides of the same coin, they are not identical and go hand in hand when making predictions and gaining knowledge. In one of my favorite genres of television, murder mystery, exploring the areas of human sciences and history can be used to help make predictions upon which the killer might act (creative) as well as evaluating their possible motives for doing so (critical). I shall attempt to evaluate the interaction between these two thought processes within the areas of human sciences and history in forensics.
In the ABC hit show, Castle, a famous murder mystery writer accompanies a New York City detective on her cases. What draws these two together is their interest in why murderers do what they do to their victims, or their motives for murder. What makes this show a good example to distinguish critical from creative thinking is the differences between the two main characters on how they approach solving the murder case. The detective analyzes the case according to the evidence obtained in order to create a solid case against the suspect. The suspect cannot be tried for just speculation.
On the other hand, the writer is also essential to solving cases because he generates different perspectives and finds relationships between seemingly unrelated things, which, if his ideas are reasonable, can also help solve the case because his extensive knowledge of looking into a killer’s mind. This show is a good example for exploring creative and critical thinking because instead of intimidating its audience with a wide use of advanced equipment, the murder cases are solved by working backward and analyzing the suspect’s every move through psychological means, which is still very essential in forensics.
According to the science of forensics, the question can be asked: to what extent does history and human sciences contribute in making accurate predictions? In other words, how much can we trust psychology in predicting the outcome of circumstances such as solving a murder case? In most murder mystery shows, the audience is able to follow along the investigations and see the process in which they narrow down suspects, which is actually a noticeable routine. First, the detectives see who is involved and check alibis.
With the use of critical thinking, they try to determine whether the suspects were capable of committing the murder. This also correlates to the area of history because they have already established this process according to its effectiveness in their profession in the past. Once they hit a snag in their investigations, the use of creative thinking comes in handy, and they try to think of other possible reasons the victims was murdered, which sometimes can be unrelated to the way the victim’s body was found or the occupation they worked. This part of the investigation delves more into the human sciences area.
Suspects are interviewed and interrogated in order to bring more knowledge about the case. Are they experiencing any emotional distress? Are there any “tells” to their reactions? Do they have any reason to kill the victim? So, we can see how the two types of thinking interact in the process of forensics. Psychology, which is part of human sciences, comes into play when the detectives need to understand the suspects and try to find every possible explanation to the murderer’s motive and get the suspect to either confess their crime or help them in their investigation.