I have been for awhile now trying to figure out how to tightrope walk the corpus callosum. I guess that doesn't quite work as a metaphor. What I've been thinking about really is how to balance between the creative and critical impulses. Not an original thought, I know, but one that has particular resonance for me with my combo mathematics/English background and as an MFA-type teaching expository writing. In particular, how does creativity fit into the critical thinking line-item that appears on so many sets of course objectives (with the accompanying quick-draw question of whether and how it/they can best be taught)? And, wrt my own writing and thinking about writing, why is it that for all my efforts to read the scholarly abstractions of comp theory I'm such a sucker for the frivolous and simple-minded metaphor (a term I use here in its broadest possible sense)?
Peter Elbow (yes, him again), in his dialogue with Wayne C. Booth "The Limits and Alternatives to Skepticism" (College English 67 (2005)), offers an interesting formulation, "link[ing] the term critical thinking with the doubting game" and describing the believing game as follows:
In Elbow's view, the imaginative powers of many individuals create an array of diverse views; the communal attempt to believe each of these minority perspectives has tremendous power to test and correct and complicate the majority view, as well as individual positions. (The diversity of the community college population would seem to be a great advantage with this pedagogical approach.)