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Published January 6th 1976 by Penguin UK
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Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've lost count of how many times de Bono has written essentially the same book, but that's OK, because it's a good one, and there's always a slightly different angle to it.

This time around I was particularly taken by three ideas:

1) Units of measurement allow us to avoid errors of magnitude in our thinking (The truth of “Daddy has caught a fish — we can all eat it for dinner” depends greatly on the size of fish caught). In many cases, we use different names for the same thing depending on size.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب به معلومات جيدة ولكن ينقصة الكثير من اسلوب جذب القارئ
شعرت بالملل كثيرا وانا اقرؤه
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book
one should know there is no such thing as good decision. In the beginning of every decision we take utmost careful with available resources.. Finally, the outcome of the decision we label good or bad.
Now the book
Edward de Bono teaches how to work on pre decision
Four way of understanding
Five way to be wrong
Four way to be right
If you go through chapter wise you do understand the prerequisite of decision making
Lovely book and my favourite author..
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب معقد في طرحه لموضوع التفكير بطريقه فلسفية مملة.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

In this book, De Bono uses the 'vehicle' of a black cylinder experiment to show the nature of human thought.
Firstly, he looks at how we understand the world:by describing it; by using 'porridge' words (eg some 'mechanism', or 'device' toppled the cylinder), by giving things a name, the way it works and finally, full details. He puts forward the need to work between the different levels for it to be of practical use. For example, we don't need to know the chemical reactions of petrol to use the c
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
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The pioneer of "Lateral Thinking", Dr.Edward De Bono in his book titled "Practical Thinking" identifies 4 ways to be right, 5 ways to be wrong and 5 ways in which to develop a perspective of understanding. All his outcomes are a direct result of, and consequential to a simple experiment called "The Black Cylinder Experiment". In the Black Cylinder Experiment, a cylinder that has been placed on a table falls down. The participants to the experiment are asked to provide their reasons triggering th ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Useful terminology for recognizing how people are arguing/thinking. According to the De Bono, there are 5 ways to be wrong, 4 ways to be right, and 5 ways to understand. He frames the book with a "black box" experiment: there is a tall rectangular box, like a sky scraper sitting on a table. Abruptly, after ten minutes, the box falls onto the table. Why?

This experiment was performed for hundreds of people, and their responses were analyzed to discover the ways in which people think. Because ther
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book for which we learn how to evade mistakes in our daily life such as selection ,and misfit mistakes by demonstrating in an interesting,simpl way how reasonable people recognize things;in addition to his conclusions that must have been leading to improve human thoughts for increasing productivity.
Ed van der Winden
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lots of books of de Bono are very much alike. This one however brought some new insights. And let's not forget that de Bono was a very, very clear thinker. ...more
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Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is best known as the originator of the term lateral thinking (structured creativity) and the leading proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking in schools.

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