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“New templates of thinking required …. in order to solve problems which previously seemed intractable to us “. So well said !

Transition Consciousness

Right now I am in the middle of writing a book review of Henri Bortoft’s Taking Appearance Seriously. Having been taught by Henri, and being someone who now teaches Henri’s phenomenological philosophy to business students, his publisher Floris Books sent me his manuscript early, and it has been wonderful for me to read his latest work, especially since his last book The Wholeness of Nature was published in 1996.

Henri’s book is a monumental tour de force, and I can think of no other living philosopher, scientist and author who has the ability to explain in such clarity the evolution of thinking from the time of Plato to this modern age, not only in terms of liner evolution, but also what Henri calls the dynamics of thinking, a dynamical way of seeing which he suggests was the true teachings of Plato and Aristotle, and which came back to…

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Posted August 30, 2012 by arnoneumann in Thinking, Uncategorized

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The Creative Act: Marcel Duchamp’s 1957 Classic, Read by the Artist Himself | Brain Pickings   Leave a comment

“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone.”

In 1964, Arthur Koestler penned his celebrated classic The Act of Creation, a fine addition to other notable hypotheses on how creativity works and where good ideas come from. Seven years prior, in April of 1957, French Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp spoke at the Convention of the American Federation of Arts in Houston, Texas, addressing the same subject in a short paper he presented, entitled The Creative Act. The session included two university professors, an anthropologist, and Duchamp himself, listed in the program as “mere artist.”

 A decade later, Aspen Magazine recorded Duchamp reading the paper, and the audio is now available as part of a fantastic compilation featuring several Duchamp readings and interviews.The full transcript, found in Robert Lebel’s 1959 tome Marcel Duchamp (public library, can be read below, with highlights.

via The Creative Act: Marcel Duchamp’s 1957 Classic, Read by the Artist Himself | Brain Pickings.

AN : do listen to the audio reading…


Posted August 23, 2012 by arnoneumann in art, creativity, Thinking

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Learn How To Think, Instead Of Stay Ignorant –   Leave a comment

So what can you do to start yourself on the road to thinking? One of the first things I would suggest is to look at the points of view of others. That will get you out of your ignorance and into the higher level. Read books and other information in areas that you don’t normally associate with. This will help expand your thinking and awareness. Talk to people in other cultures and socioeconomic groups. Doing this adds additional input and awareness into your life. Don’t get too much into a group-think mentality. While conformity has its good sides, it also has its drawbacks. Learn to be an individual.

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Posted August 3, 2012 by arnoneumann in Thinking

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Barriers Of Creative Thinking Skills –   Leave a comment

An excellent short synopsis on thinking….

“Thinking is one of the basic human activities. Our mind starts popping up different kinds of ideas at a very tender age and we learn to ponder upon them. There are two types of thinking—critical and creative. Critical thinking is more analytical, convergent and focused, whereas creative thinking is generative, divergent and diffused. Our creative thinking skills are usually restrained due to various reasons.


The tendency to center only the negative aspect of a situation acts as a barrier for the creative thinking skills. Statements like “it is too difficult or too expensive”; “we cannot do it because we don’t have enough resources or skills” highlights the negative attitude that a person carries. Instead, one must try to find opportunities in every situation and must allow oneself to face challenges.


When a person is over-stressed or burdened with workload, it tends to smother his ability to think creatively. Stress targets the creative mental processes and reduces them to the minimum. In this case, one must try to understand that organization of everyday work is important but that shouldn’t stop us from trying new ideas and approaches.


Often people prevent themselves from thinking differently for they are afraid that they’d make a fool of themselves. Creative thinking skills allow a person to bring out the unconventional methods and plans. Some see this opportunity as an easy way to become the butt of the jokes and therefore, they avoid it. In fact, one should understand that failure is a part of progress and must be embraced in a healthy way.


Rules are very important for us to function properly and accurately. However, strictly sticking to them kills the inventive aspect of a person. This represses any possibility of bringing anything new and innovative to the table. One must not be afraid of infusing new ideas; otherwise work turns monotonous and dull.


Over-indulgence and over-reliance on logic does not allow our creative ideas to bloom and flourish. Also, being too judgmental excludes imagination. However, creative thinking does not mean the absence of reason. It simply shows us a different, humorous and more mind-boggling approach towards it.


It is a universal tendency of humans to expect the worst of the unknown. Everyone is usually afraid of the future and what it holds for them. The conscious and unconscious assumptions have the propensity of restricted creative thinking skills. For this, one must weigh all the assumptions to make sure they are not cutting off any new ideas.

Creative thinking skills open up many opportunities for us. To make the most of it, one must work on eradicating the barriers that holds back our creativity. ”

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To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times | Co.Design: business + innovation + design   Leave a comment

“At the root of every seemingly technical problem is a human problem. Five Whys provides an opportunity to discover what that human problem might be.”

via To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.

A brilliantly simple concept but  powerful , practical method to get at solutions.

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Posted May 24, 2012 by arnoneumann in Thinking

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Part 1 Ward Van Duffel, LEGO Education Europe, STEM conference 2012 – YouTube   Leave a comment


Thinking about  thinking….creativity and the role of play in creativity….

Part 1 Ward Van Duffel, LEGO Education Europe, STEM conference 2012 – YouTube.

Posted May 2, 2012 by arnoneumann in creativity, LEGO, Thinking

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How Geniuses Think Differently – Business Insider   Leave a comment

“Creativity expert Michael Michalko recently wrote an excellent article, “How Geniuses Think” that explains what separates geniuses from the rest of the world.

Michalko points out that geniuses don’t necessarily have the highest IQs, but they simply know how to think differently.

Regular people think reproductively, he says, which is the concept of revisiting ideas and solutions that have worked in the past.

Geniuses, on the other hand, think productively, always looking at problems in new ways.

Michalko pored over research on geniuses and hashed out some ways they think differently from the rest:

They look at problems in ways no one else has.

“Leonardo da Vinci believed that to gain knowledge about the form of problems, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways. With this is a deeper understanding of the problem.”

“Einstein’s theory of relativity is, in essence, a description of the interaction between different perspectives.”

They express themselves in lots of different ways.

“Einstein always found it necessary to formulate his subject in as many different ways as possible, including diagrammatically. He thought in terms of visual and spatial forms, rather than thinking along purely mathematical or verbal lines of reasoning.”

Geniuses produce, period.

“Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents, still the record. He guaranteed productivity by giving himself and his assistants idea quotas. His own personal quota was one minor invention every 10 days and a major invention every six months.”

Geniuses think in opposites and connect the unconnected.

“Physicist Niels Bohr believed that if you held opposites together, then you suspend your thought and your mind moves to a new level. Because Edison could tolerate the ambivalence between two incompatible things, he could see the relationship that led to his breakthrough.”

Read more about how geniuses think differently over at the Creativity Post  ”

via How Geniuses Think Differently – Business Insider.

Posted May 1, 2012 by arnoneumann in Thinking

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