Monday, August 31, 2009

i-TFTD #215: Thoughts on Thinking

#215-1. Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

#215-2. People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.
-Christopher Morley

#215-3. It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
-Rollo May

Thinking deeply or differently does not easily come without effort. We are slaves of "default" patterns, formed at an early age. It seems to suffice for most of us in today's ultra-multitasking lifestyle.

Edward de Bono, though famous for propagating lateral thinking, has also done a lot of work in teaching better thinking of all types. K.R. Ravi has written a very readable and useful book called, "Thinking About Thinking" where he has debunked many typical remarks we make, showing the illogical thought processes behind them.

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