April Lee
BASc Cognitive Science
BLUE Fellow
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Summer
2020
Championing the potential of interdisciplinary studies using systems thinking
BLUE Fellow
Summer
2020

Background

"To think that we could divide our universities up into, on the one hand, 'the arts and humanities' and on the other hand, 'the sciences' is to think an impoverished thought" (Paul Waldau, 2010). Education has also meant familiarizing myself with a wider range of academic disciplines: what they are, what they pursue. Through the BLUE fellowship, I would like to examine how knowledge has been and is mapped by human beings, and how it may be re-mapped using alternative perspectives (for example, cognitive neuroscience). I am compelled to study some of the philosophy, or the basic assumptions and approaches of academic fields, as well as what vocabulary is shared in their 'languages' as they build their theory and communicate them. There are words that are applicable to multiple fields, as well as words that are incorporated from one field to another to form a novel approach. I am interested in studying emerging ideas about deconstructing those boundaries. In addition, I would like to apply systems thinking and the concept of emergent properties to explore the potential of interdisciplinary studies.

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