Cultivate the Mind
Cultivate the Mind is an organization which adds to the beauty and joy of life by integrating fine art and powerful ideas into eco-friendly every-day products. We are committed to highlighting beauty, artistic refinement, and fairminded critical thinking through our work.
Our distinguished thinker’s bag series highlights the thinking and ideas of some of the most prominent people and intellectual activists in human history.
By purchasing our bags, you advance the work of the Foundation for Critical Thinking while cultivating your own mind by placing before it compelling ideas. Perhaps one of our bags will lead you to further readings by the distinguished thinkers highlighted on each bag. As the world moves further away from the readings of eminent thinkers, it becomes increasingly important for each of us to reach back in history for these ideas ourselves, and then apply them in good faith to our lives.
For a suggested reading list, for “reading backwards”, visit the Foundation for Critical Thinking at www.criticalthinking.org.
To learn more about the artist, please visit www.lindaelderart.com
The Foundation for Critical Thinking
The Foundation for Critical Thinking promotes essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking. The Foundation represents one of the oldest living intellectual think tanks of independent scholarship in the world advancing freedom of thought and freedom of speech.
Join us in advancing fairminded critical thinking in business, education and society by purchasing our products.
Whereas society commonly promotes values laden with superficial, immediate "benefits," critical thinking cultivates substance and true intellectual discipline. Critical thinking asks much from us. It entails rigorous self-reflection and openmindedness — two keys to significant changes. Critical thinking requires cultivating core intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity, and intellectual responsibility.
The Foundation for Critical Thinking advocates educational and social reform based on critical thinking; they also develop and build practical alternatives. In a world of accelerating change, intensifying complexity, and increasing interdependence, critical thinking is now a requirement for economic and social survival. Join The Foundation as it strives to make critical thinking a core social value and a key organizing concept for all educational and organizational reform.
The Foundation for Critical Thinking develops books, thinker's guides, videos, and other resources for cultivating fairminded critical thinking. The Foundation offers onsite professional development programs for progressive minds and leaders - in government, the military, the business community, and in education.
Visit the Foundation for Critical Thinking: criticalthinking.org
Meet the artist
Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Dr. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has given presentations to more than 50,000 educators at all levels. She has co-authored four books, including Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life, Critical Thinking Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, and 30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living. She has co-authored 24 Thinker’s Guides on critical thinking.
Dr. Elder began drawing in September 2014; her primary interest is in the Classical school of art, with emphasis on life-size bust portraiture. All of the drawings are rendered using graphite on acid free paper. Her earliest drawings were of her husband Richard Paul, of which she has drawn 13 portraits to present. Her current interest is in expanding the distinguished thinkers gallery, to include not only Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, John Stuart Mill, and Richard Paul, but also Tom Paine, as well as Jane Austen, for whom no good portrait was made during her lifetime.