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Skepsis in Poznan

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia is a local project in Poznan led by volunteers. During this initiative, we will improve the critical thinking skills and media literacy of our participants through delivering a dozen activities and workshops for people of different ages and backgrounds. These activities will be organised in Poznan – in local schools, at the universities, as well as in public spaces. Our events are addressed to the residents of Poznan city – both from Poland as well as foreigners. Experts together with local and international volunteers will conduct workshops in 3 languages – Polish, English and Russian to involve non-Polish speakers as well. Within this project, we want to create an exhibition in Poznan on the topic of critical thinking from materials created by participants.

We are supported by the European Solidarity Corps.

Our project team consists of several enthusiastic volunteers: Krzysiek Woltynski, Agnieszka Zielinska, Ania Wisniewska, Bohdan Pozniak, Dariana Hlava, Joanna Szwaba, Kasia Balcer, Marta Jagodzinska, Marko Boyko, Kateryna Kazakova, Anna Shlyakhova.

What do we want to achieve?

In this local project, we aim to address fake news, disinformation, and subjective information. These problems are intensifying the issue of xenophobia and discrimination, which may negatively influence our local, international communities in Poznan. During our “learning by doing” workshops and activities, we will show how misinformation can affect our perception of foreigners. We will also teach how to recognise false and subjective information. Our local team is international; thus, our participants will be able to meet and communicate with people from different countries.

Czym jest nasz lokalny projekt Skepsis w Poznaniu?

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia to lokalny projekt w Poznaniu prowadzony przez wolontariuszy. Podczas tej inicjatywy, mamy na celu poprawę zdolności krytycznego myślenia i interpretacji mediów wśród naszych uczestników poprzez przeprowadzenie kilkunastu zajęć i warsztatów dla osób z różnych grup wiekowych i wywodzących się z różnych środowisk. Te zajęcia będą organizowane w Poznaniu – w lokalnych szkołach, na uniwersytetach, a także w przestrzeni publicznej takiej jak w lokalnych parkach czy w Inkubatorze Kultury „Pireus.” Nasze wydarzenia są adresowane do mieszkańców Poznania – zarówno z Polski, jak i obcokrajowców. Specjalnie do tego przygotowani eksperci wraz z lokalnymi i międzynarodowymi wolontariuszami będą przeprowadzać warsztaty w 3 językach – Polskim, Angielskim i Rosyjskim po to, by zaangażować jak największą grupę odbiorców. W ramach tego projektu chcemy stworzyć wystawę na temat krytycznego myślenia z materiałów stworzonych przez uczestników.

Jesteśmy wspierani przez European Solidarity Corps.

Zespół naszego projektu składa się z kilku entuzjastycznych wolontariuszy: Krzysiek Woltynski, Agnieszka Zielinska, Ania Wisniewska, Bohdan Pozniak, Dariana Hlava, Joanna Szwaba, Kasia Balcer, Marta Jagodzinska, Marko Boyko, Kateryna Kazakova, Anna Shlyakhova.

Co chcemy osiągnąć?

W tym lokalnym projekcie mamy na celu zajęcie się problemem fake newsów, dezinformacji i subiektywnych treści. Te problemy zwiększają ksenofobię i dyskryminację, co może negatywnie wpłynąć na naszą lokalną, międzynarodową społeczność w Poznaniu. Podczas naszych warsztatów w formie „learning by doing” pokażemy, jak dezinformacje mogą wpłynąć na nasze postrzeganie obcokrajowców. Nauczymy naszych uczestników, jak rozpoznać nieprawdziwe i subiektywne informacje. Nasz lokalny zespół jest międzynarodowy, przez co uczestnicy będą mogli poznać i komunikować się z ludźmi z innych krajów.

Supported by

Project team

Agnieszka Zielinska

Kasia Balcer

Magda Strzala

Marko Boyko

Ania Wisniewska

Krzysztof Woltynski

Krzysztof Woltynski

Marta Zasadowska

Kateryna Kazakova

Bohdan Pozniak

Kostas Karfakis

Polina Mykhailichenko

Anna Shlyakhova

Dariana Hlava

Loredana Adomnitei

Viktoriia Nuzhdova | LOGOS NGO

Viktoriia Nuzhdova

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🔍 The term of this day is digital amnesia or, as it is also called, the Google effect.
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🧑🏽‍💻 The Internet is our friend and enemy at the same time. It perfectly simplifies our life in terms of finding information. However, it impairs our ability to remember it.
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🤪 How often have you caught yourself thinking that you forgot why you opened Instagram?
Everything happens so fast that the brain just can not cope.
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🔹 You can forget about an important meeting because you didn’t write it down on your calendar and your smartphone didn’t remind you of it in time.
🔹 You dont have to remember all the contact numbers of people with whom you communicate regularly, as the gadget will do it for you.
🔹 You dont have to remember dates of birth, because Facebook will remind you of them.
🔹 You dont have to memorize an encyclopedia because you have Google for that.
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🗒 The list is endless. Imagine earlier, in order to find out the necessary information, you would open a book and write out the necessary information in a notebook. If the required sourcebook was not at hand, one would have to go to the library and spend several hours to find it. Now this action takes a couple of minutes, and sometimes even a couple of seconds.
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☝️ But! This does not mean that now you need to go out into the street with a banner: We will ban the Internet because we have become dumb! There is an alternative opinion. Anthropologists at the University of California believe that technology, on the contrary, makes us much smarter, as it “unloads” the brain from unnecessary information. After all, remembering phones, dates, and names does not determine our minds. But the ability to ask the right question in order to get an accurate answer to it can be considered a sign of intelligence.
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🗣 The main thing is the ability to find a balance in the use of gadgets. Do not consider what you can find on the Internet with your own knowledge, but also do not shame those who do not remember important dates and write everything down in notes.

#skepsismovement

🔍 The term of this day is digital amnesia or, as it is also called, the Google effect.

🧑🏽‍💻 The Internet is our friend and enemy at the same time. It perfectly simplifies our life in terms of finding information. However, it impairs our ability to remember it.

🤪 How often have you caught yourself thinking that you forgot why you opened Instagram?
Everything happens so fast that the brain just can not cope.

🔹 You can forget about an important meeting because you didn’t write it down on your calendar and your smartphone didn’t remind you of it in time.
🔹 You don't have to remember all the contact numbers of people with whom you communicate regularly, as the gadget will do it for you.
🔹 You don't have to remember dates of birth, because Facebook will remind you of them.
🔹 You don't have to memorize an encyclopedia because you have Google for that.

🗒 The list is endless. Imagine earlier, in order to find out the necessary information, you would open a book and write out the necessary information in a notebook. If the required sourcebook was not at hand, one would have to go to the library and spend several hours to find it. Now this action takes a couple of minutes, and sometimes even a couple of seconds.

☝️ But! This does not mean that now you need to go out into the street with a banner: "We will ban the Internet because we have become dumb!" There is an alternative opinion. Anthropologists at the University of California believe that technology, on the contrary, makes us much smarter, as it “unloads” the brain from unnecessary information. After all, remembering phones, dates, and names does not determine our minds. But the ability to ask the right question in order to get an accurate answer to it can be considered a sign of intelligence.

🗣 The main thing is the ability to find a balance in the use of gadgets. Do not consider what you can find on the Internet with your own knowledge, but also do not shame those who do not remember important dates and write everything down in notes.

#skepsismovement
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14 hours ago

🖐🏽Sign language is a visual means of communicating through hand signals, gestures, facial expressions, and body language.

☝🏽Its the main form of communication for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community, but sign language can also be useful for other groups of people. People with disabilities including Autism, Apraxia of speech, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome may also find sign language beneficial for communication.

🧐Based on these, the main question is; is there a single sign language used worldwide? Although most people think so, the answer is NO!
Like spoken language, sign languages developed naturally through different groups of people interacting with each other, so there are many varieties. There are somewhere between 138 and 300 different types of sign languages used around the globe today. Interestingly, most countries that share the same spoken languages do not necessarily have the same sign language as each other.

With this post, we would like to remind you and emphasize the importance of learning sign language to be able to communicate with people who have hearing problems. Please dont forget that;🙏

#skepsismovement

🖐🏽Sign language is a visual means of communicating through hand signals, gestures, facial expressions, and body language.

☝🏽It's the main form of communication for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community, but sign language can also be useful for other groups of people. People with disabilities including Autism, Apraxia of speech, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome may also find sign language beneficial for communication.

🧐Based on these, the main question is; is there a single sign language used worldwide? Although most people think so, the answer is NO!
Like spoken language, sign languages developed naturally through different groups of people interacting with each other, so there are many varieties. There are somewhere between 138 and 300 different types of sign languages used around the globe today. Interestingly, most countries that share the same spoken languages do not necessarily have the same sign language as each other.

With this post, we would like to remind you and emphasize the importance of learning sign language to be able to communicate with people who have hearing problems. Please don't forget that;🙏

#skepsismovement
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5 days ago

🥱 It is often believed that we yawn because we are sleepy or our body needs oxygen. 

But this thought does not reflect the truth generally. ❗️

Recently, researchers found that yawning is related to brains way to maintain the internal temperature. Their theory is as your fridge has its own regulation system to keep your food in an ideal temperature the brain needs yawning to regulate the temperature.

🤯 To sum up, we do not yawn because we need oxygen or we are sleepy, we yawn because our brain needs to maintain the temperature inside [This is the most scientifically backed theory as for today]. 

Have you heard of it?

#skepsismovement

🥱 It is often believed that we yawn because we are sleepy or our body needs oxygen.

But this thought does not reflect the truth generally. ❗️

Recently, researchers found that yawning is related to brain's way to maintain the internal temperature. Their theory is as your fridge has it's own regulation system to keep your food in an ideal temperature the brain needs yawning to regulate the temperature.

🤯 To sum up, we do not yawn because we need oxygen or we are sleepy, we yawn because our brain needs to maintain the temperature inside [This is the most scientifically backed theory as for today].

Have you heard of it?

#skepsismovement
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1 week ago

💆🏽‍♀️Does shaving make hair grow faster or thicker?

Shaving your hair - no matter what part of your body - doesnt mean the hair will grow back faster or thicker. ☝🏽

🔬Despite common belief, this misconception was debunked by clinical studies in 1928. In addition, according to the research of Rachel C Vreeman, fellow in childrens health services research and Aaron E Carroll, assistant professor of paediatrics; more recent studies confirm that shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. Additionally, shaving removes the dead portion of hair, not the living section lying below the skins surface, so it is unlikely to affect the rate or type of growth.

⌛️Still the myth lives on, even almost 100 years later. This may be due to the fact that hair regrowth after shaving often has a different appearance.
#skepsismovement

💆🏽‍♀️Does shaving make hair grow faster or thicker?

Shaving your hair - no matter what part of your body - doesn't mean the hair will grow back faster or thicker. ☝🏽

🔬Despite common belief, this misconception was debunked by clinical studies in 1928. In addition, according to the research of Rachel C Vreeman, fellow in children's health services research and Aaron E Carroll, assistant professor of paediatrics; more recent studies confirm that shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. Additionally, shaving removes the dead portion of hair, not the living section lying below the skin's surface, so it is unlikely to affect the rate or type of growth.

⌛️Still the myth lives on, even almost 100 years later. This may be due to the fact that hair regrowth after shaving often has a different appearance.
#skepsismovement
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2 months ago

🐂🛑DO BULLS HATE THE RED COLOR?


We might have all seen a bullfight at least once in our lives. 🧨


🤠We know that in this sport, accompanied by a matador, the matador prefers a red cape or objects containing red color to provoke the bull. The thing is, its not the red color that irritates the bulls, its the objects that move fast and abruptly.  


⚠️In fact, bulls are partially color-blind compared to healthy humans, so they cannot see red.  According to the book Improving Animal Welfare by Temple Grandin, cattle lack the red retina receptor and can only see yellow, green, blue, and violet colors. 

In short, this is a popular misconception. Bulls like neither sudden movements nor the color red.


P.S. It is important to mention that we do not encourage or support this kind of sport.☝🏽

#skepsismovement #learnisfun

🐂🛑DO BULLS HATE THE RED COLOR?

We might have all seen a bullfight at least once in our lives. 🧨

🤠We know that in this sport, accompanied by a matador, the matador prefers a red cape or objects containing red color to provoke the bull. The thing is, it's not the red color that irritates the bulls, it's the objects that move fast and abruptly.

⚠️In fact, bulls are partially color-blind compared to healthy humans, so they cannot see red. According to the book "Improving Animal Welfare" by Temple Grandin, cattle lack the red retina receptor and can only see yellow, green, blue, and violet colors.

In short, this is a popular misconception. Bulls like neither sudden movements nor the color red.


P.S. It is important to mention that we do not encourage or support this kind of sport.☝🏽

#skepsismovement #learnisfun
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2 months ago

🗣Someone says that you can only be born with critical thinking skills. And someone is lucky to be critical thinker, and someone is not. We are inclined to the theory that critical thinking can be developed. The main thing is to learn more about it.

For example, psychologist Joy Gilford identifies 2 types of thinking in a person: critical (analytical) and creative. Scientifically, they are also called convergent and divergent. Lets see how they work in practice.

☕️Imagine that the coffee machine broke down in the office.
A person with a predominant critical type of thinking will probably immediately call the master to fix the breakdown.

But someone who thinks mainly creatively can consider several options to get out of the situation. One of them will call the master. Other options are to ask your colleagues if something similar has happened to them, or to Google what exactly the cause of the error means, to watch a YouTube DIY video of how someone has already fixed a similar problem.

☝🏽This does not mean that any of the options are bad or good. This indicates a difference in approaches. After all, we often need consistent work on both types of thinking.

🧑🏽‍🎨When an organizer creates a themed party, he first generates ideas [uses his creative thinking]. Maybe in the style of The Addams Family? Should it be a party in the woods with tents? And what if its a horror party?

📈And then you need to understand which of the options is the most optimal. Yes, we dont have enough budget for The Addams Family. A party in the woods is cool, but can we power it? Horror fits better into the budget, and where to find the right location? This is how critical [convergent] thinking works.

📚 Another example. When the author writes his novel, he uses creative thinking in order to make different plot twists and endow the characters with interesting character traits. And critical thinking helps him make the book more realistic and logical.

Of course, you should be vigilant, but dont overdo it. Remember that critical thinking is not the same as criticism. And dont forget to add a pinch [or even two] of creativity to your pragmatism and rationality!

#skepsismovement

🗣Someone says that you can only be born with critical thinking skills. And someone is lucky to be critical thinker, and someone is not. We are inclined to the theory that critical thinking can be developed. The main thing is to learn more about it.

For example, psychologist Joy Gilford identifies 2 types of thinking in a person: critical (analytical) and creative. Scientifically, they are also called convergent and divergent. Let's see how they work in practice.

☕️Imagine that the coffee machine broke down in the office.
A person with a predominant critical type of thinking will probably immediately call the master to fix the breakdown.

But someone who thinks mainly creatively can consider several options to get out of the situation. One of them will call the master. Other options are to ask your colleagues if something similar has happened to them, or to Google what exactly the cause of the error means, to watch a YouTube DIY video of how someone has already fixed a similar problem.

☝🏽This does not mean that any of the options are bad or good. This indicates a difference in approaches. After all, we often need consistent work on both types of thinking.

🧑🏽‍🎨When an organizer creates a themed party, he first generates ideas [uses his creative thinking]. Maybe in the style of The Addams Family? Should it be a party in the woods with tents? And what if it's a horror party?

📈And then you need to understand which of the options is the most optimal. Yes, we don't have enough budget for The Addams Family. A party in the woods is cool, but can we power it? Horror fits better into the budget, and where to find the right location? This is how critical [convergent] thinking works.

📚 Another example. When the author writes his novel, he uses creative thinking in order to make different plot twists and endow the characters with interesting character traits. And critical thinking helps him make the book more realistic and logical.

Of course, you should be vigilant, but don't overdo it. Remember that critical thinking is not the same as criticism. And don't forget to add a pinch [or even two] of creativity to your pragmatism and rationality!

#skepsismovement
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4 months ago

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