In the first chapter the author falls into a hole that is a thousand miles deep; hence, the title. The resulting "thought experiment" is an exploration of what it might mean to fall to one's certain death for hours (when falling through the air humans reach terminal velocity around 125 miles-per-hour, making a thousand-mile fall into an eight-hour ...
In the first chapter the author falls into a hole that is a thousand miles deep; hence, the title. The resulting "thought experiment" is an exploration of what it might mean to fall to one's certain death for hours (when falling through the air humans reach terminal velocity around 125 miles-per-hour, making a thousand-mile fall into an eight-hour ordeal). The technique of the the thought experiemtn, one of many described in the twelve chapters here, is then explained in detail.
Systematically challenging assumptions is what Chapter Two focuses on. By doing so, the author says, we can gain deeper insight and understanding of almost anything, as well as have more creative ideas. To demonstrate how useful it can be to challenge even the most "obvious" and "necessary" assumptions, a true story about a trip in Los Angeles traffic is used. A geo-political example will have readers questioning the nature of third-world debt. Other mental exercises lead to questions about whether anger is necessary to whether high gas prices are so bad.
Chapter Three is about "hidden" premises, also called implict premises. Readers will learn how politicians use them to manipulate citizens and how to identify and challenge them. Choosing new metaphors to alter one's thinking is covered in Chapter Four, and the nature of and limitation of language is addressed in Chapter Five.
Subsequent chapters show how to alter one's perspective, how to find new ways to measure things, what to do with bad ideas which have some good in them, and how to more deeply question everything. The approaches and methods suggested are clearly explained with stories and examples.
This book will change your thinking processes if you apply its lessons. Deeper and more creative thinking will result.
(The Thousand Mile Hole is 100 pages / 39,200 words)
Steve Gillman (Born May 26, 1964) is a writer and internet publisher. He has several books published, the most recent being "101 Weird Ways to Make Money." Other titles include "Secrets of Lucky People" and "Beyond Mental Slavery." He is co-owner (with wife Ana Blum) of Webhiker LLC, which operates over two dozen informational websites covering various subjects ranging from how to have good luck to wilderness survival to real estate investing. His blogs include Brainpower News and The New Ideas Blog. He is perhaps best known for his websites on brainpower and interesting ways to make money.