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Each of us makes assumptions continually in a typical day, and many of them are hidden. Clearly this is an important potential obstacle of clear or critical thinking. Stephen Covey recognized this when he said, “We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these” (ThinkExist.com). Marshall McLuhan called us to an ongoing review of our assumptions: “Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness” (ThinkExist.com).
This Discussion Question will involve us in doing an Assumption Exercise which will alert us to the potential problems assumptions can present as we seek to tackle issues or problem-solve. In our Class Materials Forum you will find the “Assumption Exercise”- open it and complete the “Ten Assumptions” worksheet. Then respond to the following questions in a Post of 250-300 words:
Was it easy or difficult to come up with your list? What in your opinion are the most important items on that list?
Which on the list of Duke Rohe’s “Ten Assumptions” (or Snipets) did you think was most significant and why (American Creativity Association, 2011)?
What suggestions are made in our text that would be in keeping with Marshall McLuhan’s warning (feel free to add your own ideas here)?
Covey, Stephen R (23 April, 2011). Assumptions quotes. Accessed on ThinkExist.com website: http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/assumptions
McCluhan, Marshall (23 April, 2011). Assumptions quotes. Accessed on ThinkExist.com website: http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/assumptions
Rohe, Duke (2011). Creativity tools on communication: assumption exercise. Retrieved from the American Creativity Association website: http://amcreativityassoc.org/toolsi-communication.htm