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Two of the Most Popular Words in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary Are "Science" and "Cognitive"

What is in a word? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the most search word is “Science” this month. With an increase of over 175% from last year, people are interested in pondering its meaning and definition.   Science is defined as “ knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation ."  Science and life go hand in hand. Famous figures like Spinoza, Einstein, Immanuel Kant, Ibn Sina and many others developed the concept of science over thousands of years.   Through the generations, it moved from philosophy into the more concrete concepts offered by the scientific method. Generally, it is seen as a process of observation and manipulation that attempts to draw facts from the environment.  The second most exciting word is “cognitive”.   They seem to have something to do with each other. Cognitive can be defined as, “ based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge .” Science requires the

Understanding the Development of Self-Reflection

Thinking about thinking is an important component of problem solving in life. The more accurately we can reflect upon our skills the stronger our strategic approaches and potential successes in life. As we age, many of us will become more self-reflective and more accurate in understanding our strengths and weaknesses. Research helps highlight how age brings wisdom in understanding oneself and our unique approaches to learning about ourselves in life and society.  Awareness and evaluation of one’s own thinking and learning process is called metacognition. Meta meaning about self and cognition meaning thinking. Metacognition is comprised of 1.) knowledge of self, 2.) knowledge of task, and 3.) knowledge of strategies. It is this understanding of one’s abilities, the tasks that need to be completed and the strategies of achieving goals that give such persons an advantage in life.  As people age they become more self-aware and reflective of their behavior (Vukman, 2005). Thr