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Parallel Thinking

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

For thousands of years we have followed the thinking system designed by the Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, based on analysis, judgement and argument. In Parallel Thinking de Bono’s thesis is that these ‘boxes’ are no longer adequate to cope with today’s rapidly changing world.
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (first published October 1991)
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Alan Lattanner
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Parallel thinking is author Edward de Bono's term for "laying down ideas alongside each other." In parallel thinking, people accept any idea put forward without criticizing its value to the problem at hand. You just lay out all ideas “in parallel.” Afterwards, the individual thinker or group evaluates the benefits, appropriateness, risks, and alternatives. De Bono's "six thinking hats" method, described briefly in this book (and in detail in his book by that title) guides the process.

“Six thinki
Nitish Sancheti
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a wonderful book to learn about problem solving for people working in all verticals. The author explicitly describes the flaws of western thinking starting right from historic perspective, and the current problems with it.

Parallel thinking is something that we should all train ourselves to use and engage in, since the potential of creative thinking/possibilities/alternative ideas is enormous.

The book becomes too repetitive in between, and sometimes becomes a drag to read. But through the
Rhonda Sue
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book on how to think in a parallel fashion or in a non-traditional way. Western thinking is failing because it wasn't designed to deal with change. Traditional thinking (the gang of 3), is concerned with search and discovery. Parallel thinking is concerned with design and creation. This book gives a history of traditional thinking from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle which the author refers to as the gang of 3. We need to put that sort of thinking to rest and look forward. Avanti! ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Parallel thinking adalah satu plihan yang dianjurkan oleh De Bono dalam mengatasi kekurangan 'Western Thinking' yang dipelopori oleh Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. Western thinking ni sebenarnya adalah kaedah pemikiran yang kita gunakan sekarang ni. Menggunakan analisis untuk buat judgement.De bono bukan sahaja mengkritik Western Thinking yang dianggap ketinggalan dan tidak releven untuk semua situasi tetapi beliau menyediakan satu pilihan baru iaitu Parallel thinking. Terdapat 38 bab dalam buku ni ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a critique of critical thinking, an exploration of thinking in general, and also lays out some of the author's own ideas and systems to improve the way we think and address some of the flaws identified by the author in modern systems.

The author begins with an analysis of critical thinking. While critical thinking has its place, it is not enough to form new ideas. Doing that requires active skills in creating, constructing, and designing new ideas, yet these are skills we rarely dev
Robert Flatau
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
DeBono is busy blaming the ills of the world on our being stuck with the thinking of the ancient Greeks ( his gang of 3 - Plato; Socrates; Aristotle.) He is a century too late. (Popper’s Open Society & it’s enemies)

This book doesn’t add any new tools to our thinking but adds a list of his previous tools as recommended solutions to his imagined problems. He has developed a technology of thinking in the past, but seems to have little more to offer on the basis of this book. He is ignorant of devel
Bhomit Bhandari
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book for anyone who want's to understand the edward de bono system of thinking and his ideas on new way of thinking then what was present the greek 3 gang (Aristotle, Plato and Scorates ) he introduces reference to other works which one can refer to which is handy in case one want's to understand the ideas in depth. One ca pick up this book select one system to evaluate his ideas or solve problems by some the the thinking systems given in the book. The book however does not go in depth as ...more
Jair Jimenez
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
el libro trata extensamente sobre el por qué pensamos hoy en nuestro esquema mental común donde muchas veces pretendemos dividir todo en un sistema binario: bueno o malo, aceptable o inaceptable, en acuerdo o en desacuerdo.
este esquema disminuye considerablemente las posibilidades de construcción colectiva que abre el no oponerse de entrada a las ideas si no más bien construir sobre ellas, diseñando en lugar de estar intentando descubrir verdades absolutas. después de esta larga explicación intr
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had always had problems with absolutes. Taking a side on an issue. Debates, where you are given a "side" to defend. This book narrows down on maybe one reason for my discomfort. I think the author presents ideas that can bring about a major shift in world.
The writing is repetitive. It is a small book which can be comfortably finished in a week. But like I said, it's repetitive, so a reading marathon is pointless. I would suggest reading a few pages at a time, really think about the ideas, and
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
It did change my way of wanting to look at things, instead of judging too early on reliability and practicability of different approaches to problems. The author wants us to break free of our traditional ways of thinking, that we seek to move forward from the options rather than shutting them down too early which, would not bring any more progress. He did offer us ways to break free. However, throughout the book he kept giving emphasis on importances of us to look past traditional ways of thinki ...more
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Liam Wakefield
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Failed the 100-page test, though I continued to speed read the remaining chapters as the idea of the book seemed interesting. Overall I lost interest, this due to its dullness. I can see the point, and respect the writer for his brilliant understanding of philosophy and the dichotomy of philosophers and their visions. There is a place for this book. Just not on my shelf.
Kathryn Koopmanschap
Interesting ideas. A little repetitive, and forever referencing his other works. Still useful though.
Abe Hanara
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great first read that highlights how the way we think has been created. A difficult concept to swallow for those that think that "we have always thought this way" as a society. Enlightening read that makes sense of how the early philosophers of their time shaped our general thinking in societys today. Exciting to think of what the future holds and the way that our 'style' and habits of thinking effect future generations. Loved this read. ...more
Milica Ljumović
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great book to learn new thinking methods and apply them into your daily work.
Instead of excluding the ideas by critisizing them, we lay them parallel to each other and look what we can do with them and where can they lead us further.
It is a great hint how to boost your creativity and design thinking, which is not much emphasized these days.
The book is too repetitive in some parts, which is why I gave it 3 starts. The idea behind is great and worth considering.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
A really interesting premise behond the book. De Bono tries to get away from the Socratic method (where destruction of ideas is often prized more than formulating the idea itself). Makes you think....
Gary Power
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I love how he talks about the intelligence trap. How people who are intelligent can often defend a position and become so entrenched they cannot be reached. It also good to hole two thoughts at the same time. Someone can be a terrorist and a freedom fighter.
Abe Hanara
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Loved this read. Read this one when I was in highschool. Loved it
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Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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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