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ERIC Number: ED075989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 300
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Lateral Thinking; Creativity Step by Step.
de Bono, Edward
The purpose of thinking is to collect information and to make the best possible use of it. Because of the way the mind works to create fixed concept patterns we cannot make the best use of new information unless we have some means for restructuring the old patterns and bringing them up to date. Our traditional methods of thinking teach us how to refine such patterns and establish their validity. But we shall always make less than the best use of available information unless we know how to create new patterns and escape from the dominance of the old ones. Vertical thinking is concerned with proving or developing concept patterns. Lateral thinking is concerned with restructuring such patterns (insight) and provoking new ones (creativity). Lateral and vertical thinking are complementary. Skill in both is necessary. Yet the emphasis in education has always been exclusively on vertical thinking. The need for lateral thinking arises from the limitations of the behavior of mind as a self-maximizing memory system. (Author/MC)
Harper and Row, Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10022 ($8.95)
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