Parallel Thinking

Parallel Thinking

by Edward de Bono

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Western thinking is failing because it was not designed to deal with change

In this provocative masterpiece of creative thinking, Edward de Bono argues for a game-changing new way to think. For thousands of years we have followed the thinking system designed by the Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, based on analysis and argument. But if we are to flourish in today’s rapidly changing world we need to free our minds of these ‘boxes’ and embrace a more flexible and nimble model.

Parallel Thinking is an invaluable insight into the word of creativity; de Bono unveils unique methods of brainstorming and explains preconceived ideas of what creativity involves and is. This book is not about philosophy; it is about the practical (and parallel) thinking required to get things done in an ever-changing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473529953
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Edward de Bono studied at Christ Church, Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar). He also holds a PhD from Cambridge and an MD from the University of Malta. He has held appointments at the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge and Harvard.

In 1967 de Bono invented the now commonly used term 'lateral thinking' and, for many thousands, indeed millions, of people worldwide, his name has since become a symbol of creativity and new thinking. He has written numerous books, which have been translated into 34 languages, and his advice is sought by Nobel laureates and world leaders alike.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Wrong Tackle 1

2 Order out of Chaos 5

3 Order 7

4 The Doubters 11

5 The Socratic Method 15

6 How the Socratic Method Worked 19

7 The Search 27

8 Criticism and Removing 'Untruth' 29

9 Adversaries, Argument and Debate 37

10 Parallel Thinking 43

11 Problem-Solving 55

12 The Evolution of Ideas 59

13 The Search for the Truth 65

14 The Truth 71

15 Questions 79

16 Definitions, Boxes, Categories and Generalizations 89

17 The Value of Boxes 91

18 The Problem of 'Is' 101

19 The Tyranny of Judgement 107

20 Possibility vs. Certainty 113

21 Exploration vs. Judgement 119

22 Design vs. Analysis 129

23 Information vs. Ideas 137

24 Movement vs. Judgement 143

25 Create vs. Discover 151

26 Inner World vs. Outer World 155

27 Alternatives 163

28 Parallels 169

29 Possibilities 181

30 Designing a Way Forward 191

31 Wisdom vs. Cleverness 205

32 Dialectic vs. Parallels 211

33 Action vs. Description 215

34 Value vs. Truth 221

35 Water Logic and Parallel Thinking 231

36 Overlap 237

37 Change vs. Stability 243

38 New Language Devices 249

Summary 1 Parallel Thinking vs. Western Thinking 255

Summary 2 The Failure of Western Thinking 263

Action Epilogue 269

Index 273

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