The Science Boutique
Critical thinking is, it's kind of like a muscle humans naturally have that atrophies. So one way that I do see that muscle being worked is I have, and it's very prominently displayed, a tardigrade shirt, "Live tiny. Die never." And so many times people are, "What is that?" And when I hear that, even if they're just walking by, I'll engage with them. I tell them, "Oh, it's a tardigrade or a water bear." And they're like, "Die never?" And I explain, "Oh, they're really resilient, you can do this, this, this, this." And this happens so much they go, "So what do we even do with them?" And I say, "Oh you know, we research them." They're like, "Oh, like for medicine?" If you're able to engage in a way that's prompting, then you're working out that critical thinking muscle. Even if it's a one minute interaction, I think that, that is really important.