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Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity (1970)

by Edward De Bono

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THE classic work about improving creativity from world-renowned writer and philosopher Edward de Bono In schools we are taught to meet problems head-on- what Edward de Bono calls 'vertical thinking'. This works well in simple situations - but we are at a loss when this approach fails. What then? Lateral thinking is all about freeing up your imagination. Through a series of special techniques, in groups or working alone, Edward de Bono shows how to stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. Soon you will be looking at problems from a variety of angles and offering up solutions that are as ingenious as they are effective. You will become much more productive and a formidable thinker in your own right. 'If more bankers and traders had read Lateral Thinkingand applied the ideas of Edward de Bono to their own narrow definitions of risk, reward and human expectations, I suspect we would be in much better shape than we are' - Sir Richard Branson… (more)
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    Sylak: For a fuller understanding of how the mind works it is advisable to read this book first, or at least have it to hand as De Bono references it often.
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Some planning is needed if you intend to use this book as a teaching tool (the way it was intended).
You will need to collect some photographs (showing different ways of interpreting a situation: conflict, and police crowd control, for example).
Some of the geometric puzzles pre-cut from cardboard.
Some written articles from newspapers, or recorded from radio programs.
A selection of possible topics of conversation: food shortages, traffic control, etc.
It may take a while to stockpile this material, so preparation is the key to making the most of this book. I guess some bright spark could have created a boxed set with all the various materials printed for you, but can you imagine the price tag for such a ready to teach kit. Besides the internet should speed up the task tremendously. I would still recommend that you avoid winging it or going in cold since tumbling for the relevant data could sabotage an otherwise simple demonstration of lateral thinking.
The first chapter of the book provides more information on this matter.
There is also no need to read the book cover to cover first, or follow each task in order; in fact this would be ill-advised. Each exercise should be repeated over again till it becomes second nature before moving on. In this way the book could take months or even several years to finish. This is the correct way to use the book. You won't learn much reading it cover to cover, and you certainly wont understand lateral thinking any better.
This is the reason many people complain that De Bono is too repetitive, because they fail to grasp how to use the book, even though it is explained clearly in the chapter 'Use of this book'. ( )
  Sylak | Oct 1, 2018 |
This book is intended for use both at home and at school. At school the emphasis has traditionally always been on vertical thinking which is effective but incomplete. This selective type of thinking needs to be supplemented with the generative qualities of creative thinking. This book is about lateral thinking which is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight restructuring. Lateral thinking can be learned, practised and used. It is possible to acquire skill in it just as it is possible to acquire skill in mathematics.
This book is not intended to be read through at one sitting but worked through slowly -- over months or even years. For that reason many of the principles are repeated at intervals throughout the book in order to hold the subject together and prevent it fragmenting into mere techniques. In using this book it is important to remember that practice is far more important than understanding of the process.
  rajendran | Mar 5, 2007 |
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THE classic work about improving creativity from world-renowned writer and philosopher Edward de Bono In schools we are taught to meet problems head-on- what Edward de Bono calls 'vertical thinking'. This works well in simple situations - but we are at a loss when this approach fails. What then? Lateral thinking is all about freeing up your imagination. Through a series of special techniques, in groups or working alone, Edward de Bono shows how to stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. Soon you will be looking at problems from a variety of angles and offering up solutions that are as ingenious as they are effective. You will become much more productive and a formidable thinker in your own right. 'If more bankers and traders had read Lateral Thinkingand applied the ideas of Edward de Bono to their own narrow definitions of risk, reward and human expectations, I suspect we would be in much better shape than we are' - Sir Richard Branson

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