There are connections in everything, connections that extend beyond our understanding. These connections are patterns. Patterns are found everywhere, no matter where you look or go, there will be patterns all round you. There are patterns in the sheets in your bed or in the way your home was built. The possibilities of finding patterns are endless, you only need to recognize them.
Being able to recognize the patterns that fill the world is an important step in being able to understand the world and the way people are able to recognize patterns is by going through thought processes.
One of the most used thought processes is Comparing. When using this thought process a person looks for similarities in two or more objects. With Comparing two or more objects you find patterns of similarity.
The thought process that works right alongside with Comparing is: Contrasting. Contrasting is when a person looks for differences in two or more objects.
Recalling or Remembering is another main thought process in finding patterns. Recalling or Remembering is where a person brings to mind previously learned information. In finding patterns you would use these by using what you already know to state a fact or in some cases make an educated guess.
Which leads up to the fourth main thought process: Hypothesizing. Hypothesizing is making an educated guess for an unknown solution based on what you know already. These four thought processes are only one of the many used in finding patterns.
In our Connections class one of the ways we used these thought process was to find human behavior patterns. Some of the most common patterns we noticed were in body language, dress, speech and traditions.
The patterns we found in body language were, what I would consider, the most important because your body language tells nearly everything about you. If a person is slouched and quiet then they are most likely insecure about their surroundings. If a person has a relaxed stance and smiling then they are most likely confident people.
Another pattern of body language is the body language involved in greeting. There are different patterns, different expectations, in different environments. If you compare the greetings at a church to fast food restaurant then you have two completely different environments and two completely different social and body language patterns.
One of the other patterns we observed in human behavior is speech. The way people speak to a stranger compared to the way people speak to a friend are completely different, in most cases. In a church people nearly always greet each other with a smile and exuberant “Hi’s” and “How are you’s?” And in a public place like a grocery store people more often than not won’t even greet each other, they just go on with their business. The previous mentioned patterns are but a few of the many patterns we observed and recorded.
The other project we worked on with patterns was finding patterns in school. The most important pattern we noted were the questions that people get asked at a public school, and even some private schools. You get asked questions that just ask for a person to use only one or two thought processes. These questions, most of the time, just call for Recalling or Remembering. And using the thought process of Comparing and Contrasting the normal school system doesn’t stimulate the brain as much as the Connections class we are working on.
Every single lesson in Connections: Investigating Reality creates thought invoking problems that you solve by using thought processes. When the solution is found, you discover that there are so many different layers to the world. You find the patterns that connects everything in the world. Connections shows you what you are missing and makes you see new things in a new light.