Curiosity: a disposition to wonder, ponder, and ask why. A thirst for understanding and a desire to explore.
Slogan: Ask questions!
Open-Mindedness: an ability to think outside the box. Gives a fair and honest hearing to competing perspectives.
Slogan: Think outside the box!
Intellectual Courage: a readiness to persist in thinking or communicating in the face of fear, including fear of embarrassment or failure.
Slogan: Take risks!
Intellectual Attentiveness: a readiness to stay focused and on task. Notices and attends to important details.
Slogan: Look and listen!
Intellectual Carefulness: a sensitivity to the requirements of good thinking. Quick to notice and avoid intellectual pitfalls and mistakes.
Slogan: Avoid errors!
Intellectual Thoroughness: a willingness to probe for deeper meaning and understanding. Unsatisfied with mere appearances or easy answers.
Slogan: Go deep!
Intellectual Autonomy: a capacity for active, self-directed thinking. An ability to think and reason for oneself.
Slogan: Think for yourself!
Intellectual Humility: a willingness to own up to one’s intellectual limitations and mistakes. Unconcerned with intellectual status or prestige.
Slogan: Admit what you don’t know!
Intellectual Tenacity: a willingness to embrace intellectual challenge and struggle. Keeps its “eyes on the prize” and doesn’t give up.
Slogan: Embrace struggle!