Dualistic thinking, according to William Perry's model of intellectual development, is the intellectual ability to understand good and evil but not the nuances inbetween. He believed it was the base level of intellectual... More »

Conceptual thinking is the ability to identify patterns or connections between seemingly unrelated objects. For some, conceptual thinking is a natural process but not everyone can think in this way. More »

The phrase “I think, therefore I am” means that thinking is the one thing that cannot be faked. It is the one way that individuals know they exist. More »

The term "holistic thinking" refers to a big picture mentality in which a person recognizes the interconnectedness of various elements that form larger systems, patterns and objects. Thinking holistically is the opposite... More »

Neo-Malthusian theory holds that population growth is exponential and that human population growth can easily outstrip its food resources if not held in check with artificial birth control measures. It differs from tradi... More »

The standard vocabulary comprehension for college students includes the ability to understand word relationships, figurative language and nuances in word meanings. College students should also be able to clarify the mean... More »

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Tolerance is the ability to accept ideas, behaviors and feelings that are different than those of the individual. In science, it is the ability of the body to adjust to a new substance. More »