Science and Problem Solving Techniques
While working on this project, you will:
- Read about different problem solving perspectives which may
be used during conflict resolution.
- Examine your own thoughts and ideas while exploring a real
- Compare conflict resolution techniques with scientific reasoning.
We have all been faced with a personal problem that requires a
difficult choice. Biology, medicine and law, to name a few, are
careers which involve very complex decisions as part of the job.
Sometimes a conflict affects only us, causing a struggle with
our conscience. More often we try to balance the desires of a
friend, family member or even society against our own wants. A
dilemma develops when the consequences of a plan of action are
painful, no matter which path is taken. In searching for an acceptable
resolution, consider the following questions:
- Is the dilemma clearly understood?
- Has sufficient information been gathered from a variety of
- What personal values and principles are relevant for everyone
- Will reference to a source of "right" and "wrong"
such as the Koran or Bible be made(deontological ethics)
or will a reasoned analysis of the benefits and harms of each
choice be undertaken(teleological ethics)?
- What are the primary obligations of the person making the