Logic School

 

Logic School is a committee focused on high-quality training concerning how to approach issues using only critical and logical analysis while avoiding bias and logical fallacies. This takes form in the following areas of focus we are presently targeting:

a.      Defining and distinguishing what are critical and logical analyses

b.      Defining how these tools are applied in the scientific context

c.   Globalizing these tools to other fields eg) business, engineering, trades, etc.

d.      Highlighting the presence of such tools in navigating everyday life outside of the academic/professional construct

e.      How to utilize such tools to dissect media eg) news, social media, magazines, blogs, etc.

f.   How to utilize such tools in communication, organization, and planning

g.      Exploration of common, popular issues of today’s world by applying critical and logical analyses – providing such templates of critical analyses for public reference

 

The above targets of focus are subdivided into four main project fields:

  1. Logic School Tools in the Academic Context

  2. Logic School Tools in Everyday Life

  3. Logic School Tools in Leadership and Personal Agency

  4. Logic School Tools in Understanding Global Events

The above four fields are each headed by a Project Lead that oversees the research, formatting, editing, and final product of each project field. They also flesh out the central idea of each project they are heading. Depending on how encumbering the work is involving certain fields, Project Leads have the option to ask for volunteers to work under them on the project they are attending to.

Each of the above four projects will involve the output of multiple finished products throughout the year. These finished products can take any of the following three forms depending on the type of project being headed:

 

  1. Symposia (presentations) in collaboration with other committees. All project leads will eventually have to contribute a finished product in presentation form for these events. This can be done rotationally where one of the four project leads has their project presented to the public and alternates from symposium to symposium.

  2. Community workshops (presentations). These operate outside of the symposiums and are attempts to branch out to institutions in the general community, like schools, small businesses, clubs, etc., to share the work of Logic School and expand the name of Public Science Institute.  This shall function under the jurisdiction of the Workshop Engineer as this individual will have to identify potential outlets of interest and contact them to see if a presentation/workshop can be performed within this said institution.

  3. Online tutorials. Written case studies of material applicable to the project lead category at hand. These can take the form of guides, templates, or information sheets that will be posted on the Logic School section on the Public Science homepage.

 

 

Quarterly, an ambassador of Logic School will meet with and advisory committee consisting of experts in the realm of logic and critical thinking to proof read the submitted ideas of the Project Leads. Each Project Lead shall provide 4-8 ideas, at least one of them in the form of a presentation, that will be submitted in a standard template form for one of the members of this board to look through. The advisory committee will edit these documents and return them to the ambassador who shall apply the recommendations and accommodate for the advisory committee in terms of their preferences (for instance, editing the template for which project information is submitted in). The ambassador will then return such information to the Project Leads who will apply the recommendations accordingly.

 

In terms of presentation design, there are three key individuals involved: the Project Lead, the Workshop Engineer, and the Presenter. The Project Lead supplies all of the information necessary to the Presenter to synthesize into a presentation that will last for a varying length of time depending on the preferences of both the institution being presented to and Logic School.  The Workshop Engineer will be in charge of reaching out to organizations, booking rooms, and advertising the presentations taking place.

 

A secretary will be required to take minutes so that the president of Logic School can report all relevant proceedings to both the executive and board committees of Public Institute of Science and maintain continuity throughout the organization.

 

Overall, the positions Logic School will need to be filled thus far are as follows:

Logic School Committee Secretary - The Secretary is responsible for managing the Logic School committee, attending all committee meetings, writing agendas/ minutes, scheduling meetings, as well as tracking and reporting action items.

Project Lead: Logic School Tools in Everyday Life - In charge of exploring the following items: (a) Highlighting the presence of logical and critical analysis in navigating everyday life outside of the academic/professional construct, (b) How to utilize such tools to dissect media (news, social media, magazines, blogs, etc.).

Project Lead: Logic School Tools in Leadership and Personal Agency - In charge of exploring the topic: How to utilize critical and logical analysis in communication, organization, and planning.

Project Lead: Logic School Tools in the Academic Context - In charge of exploring the following items: (a) Defining and distinguishing critical and logical analysis, (b) Defining how these tools are applied in the scientific context, (c) Globalizing these tools to other fields (business, engineering, trades, etc.).

Project Lead: Logic School Tools in Understanding Global Events - In charge of exploring the topic: Exploration of common, popular issues of today’s world by applying critical and logical analyses in dissecting them

Logic School Presenter - Responsible for formatting materials handed to them by project leads into aesthetic and effective presentations.

Logic School Advisory Board Ambassador - In charge of organizing and meeting with a small group of already established professionals when necessary to present the proposed materials of all four of the Project Leads.

Logic School Workshop Engineer - Responsible for looking for and creating presentation opportunities in the community. They will also book the sites where presentations will be held and coordinate accordingly with the Presenter.

 

    If you are interested in any of the positions present, click here!  You can also access these through the SU volunteer registry at https://www.su.ualberta.ca/services/infolink/volunteer/.  If you are interested in being a part of Logic School, even if none of the positions interest you, please feel free to send an email to bsperlin@ualberta.ca. Thank you for your consideration!

 

 

 

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