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Practical Thinking: 4 Ways to be Right; 5 Ways to be Wrong; 5 Ways to Understand

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How is it that in an argument both sides are always right? Dr. Edward de Bono bases this book on the Black Cylinder Experiment, with 1,000 participants, from which he derived that debaters fall into four categories of "rightness": emotional, logical, unique, and recognition rightness. In addition to exploring these four states, de Bono names five levels of understanding an ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Penguin Books
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Tony
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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Mai
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
Dave
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Venky
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Alex
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tamer
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Amaljnvm
Its an interesting book. I have just started reading it. Edward De Bono's

books are always interesting.
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Edward de Bono is a British 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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