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Jun 05

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Need for a daily thinking workout

Jan 13

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Edward de Bono talks about the importance of perception in his book, Teach Your Child How To Think.

So how do we affect our perception so that we can think well?  It could be as simple as directing our attention correctly.

De Bono compares thinking practices to an athlete’s regular practice. We need to exercise our minds on a regular basis just like an athlete must practice and exercise every day.  We need to train to become, and stay, good thinkers.

During our training sessions to become good thinkers, we have to hone our perceptions. It’s worth asking how we might hone our perception best, but that might be a larger question than I can simply answer.  It’s definitely worth thinking about!

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Logic can lead to bad thinking!

Jan 11

Logic can lead to bad thinking!  I have seen this over and over again!

The quality of logic is in the perception of the beholder basically.

Many proudly walk around claiming that they are logical thinkers and rely heavily on the answers that they come up with because they believe in their logical thinking ability.

Edward de Bono reminds us that the flaw of reliance on logic is that “logic can never be any better than the starting premises or perceptions”  He compares logic to a computer.  If you put bad data (bad perceptions or bad premises) into a computer(logic), it will put out bad “answers.”

De Bono compares logic and perception to the engine and wheels of his metaphoric car.

“Skilled logic and poor perception can be dangerous” de Bono says, and he is right.  We have all seen this.  I have so often witnessed intelligent people lead destructive lives based on holding dearly to poorly perceived assessments of their situation.  They do not know that they are thinking badly, and they keep going back to their poorly perceived notions.  In this way, the combination of their logic and their bad perception is dangerous for their lives.

De Bono says we have to work on our “perceptions” if we want to become good thinkers.  Good perception lead to good thinking.

We have to challenge our own perceptions to be good thinkers, and we have to teach our children how to do the same if we want them to grow up to be good thinkers.

Will be back tomorrow…

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Design thinking

Jan 10

Design thinking is “putting things together to achieve an effect.”

Edward de Bono suggests that there is evidence to prove that our brain is a “self-organizing system,” and that in a system like that, we need creativity. De Bono says that creativity can and needs to be trained… creativity does not simply exist in the human brain and is not something we are born with.

In order to train creativity in our children, we have to train them to use specific thinking techniques, what he calls “lateral thinking.”  I will explore more about this as I learn more from him.

I have always felt that good thinking was one of the most important aspects of living a good life, in every way.  Good thinking is needed for everything: relationships, business, world functions, etc.  If we can teach our children how to think well, we will have a better world with better thinking people.

Will be back tomorrow…

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To challenge critical thinking

Jan 09

Edward De Bono challenges the notion that a goal for our children, or even for ourselves, is to become critical thinkers.  More aptly put, he sees value in critical thinking, but argues that critical thinking is not what defines our children as good thinkers.  He even claims that it is a dangerous thing to think that critical thinking covers what it takes to be good thinkers.  This makes clear sense to me.

He says that critical thinking is fine during a stable era of society that is very active in creativity and constructivity.  There is a lot of creativity in our society, but we have more destructive problems at hand.

Critical thinking also usually leads to what he calls “I am right – you are wrong,” thinking.

I really love his argument that there needs to be continual thinking and learning about what is “right.”  We need to continue to assess our ideas.  I also love that he says that the win or lose style of argument that is prevalent in our western culture is destructive.  Arguments become centered on our ego.

He says that in an argument, it is almost better to lose because the result is that you would have gained knowledge, or another way of thinking.  To be willing to be wrong is to continue to explore our ways of thinking, and this adds to our ability to think in a proactive manner.

Critical thinking is clearly not enough… with it, we now have a few wheels that we need to drive that good car.

Tomorrow, I will talk to you about the “design” part of the thinking process that de Bono discusses.


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