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How to Have a Beautiful Mind Paperback – June 3, 2004
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About the Author
Edward de Bono is the author of more than 60 books and the creator of the concept of Lateral Thinking.” His business methods are currently taught by more than 900 trainers in 28 countries around the world and are used by such leading corporations as IBM, Motorola, and Prudential.
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First 7 chapters deals pretty much with holding a decent conversation. Much of this sounds like common sense, but sometimes 'not so common' to some people. When holding a conversation, agreeing to everything is no good, as the other party might as well be talking to himself. Disagreeing everything is bad as it shows a mind that wants to demonstrate superiority to others (thus is ugly). There are many levels in between total agreement and disagreement. You can agree on certain points and disagree on certain points (agree to disagree). The key is to find out what you agree and disagree based on mutual understand of each others' values, point of view, personal experience, and extrapolation of what happens in the future. Once you understand the other party's 'logic bubble', you would be able to hold a better conversation without misunderstandings and negative emotions. To make the conversation interesting, you should also supplement , speculate, provide what-ifs, be open to alternatives, and explore points of interest. Edward explores the way you can do all these.
Chapter 8 addressed the concept of "6 Thinking Hats" or Parallel thinking (Edward has a whole book on this btw). In a Court of Law, a prosecutor will not mention points which will help a defence case, and vice versa for the defence attorney. Our usual thinking is based on using arguments as a method, as put forward by the Greeks: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. In an argument, each party is usually looking from his own side. Edward gives an alternative method called Parallel thinking where everyone explores the same side, and goes around to all sides until a complete view is understood.Read more ›
It compares the brain to an array of a thousand lightbulbs. All the bulbs in the array have a simple device that makes them responsive to light (from an image projected onto the array. Each bulb also has a simple device that makes them "tire" (grow dim) without stimulus).
It's fascinating how the array behaves. De Bono explains how it "processes" patterns, easily mimicing brain functions such as attention and diversion, memory and forgetting, pattern recognition (generalization), creativity and insight.
This book certainly changed my life. I understand much more confidently how my mind works, and the minds of others.
What is most striking about de Bono's theories is that he does not (as many other scientists do) make lavish claims about the brain's computing powers and abilities, but in fact makes just the opposite claim: that the human brain is a rather crude, clumsy, passive and slow mechanical device as measured by normal computing standards. And further, that it is precisely because of this lack of precision, speed -- and its own passivity -- that makes the human brain good at what it does best: self organization. Once processing begins, the mind has a life of its own.
The key component of mind is of course memory. In fact, following de Bono's lead, it is not too strong to suggest that memory is all there is to mind and consciousness. Everything else in the brain is just mechanics: special and often fleeting arrangements, configurations, modules and sub-modules and functional components of memory formed mostly as byproducts of the mind's activity and processing.
But it is how memory actually is arranged to do its work that is novel and key to understanding the mechanics of the brain. Most often, memory operates "passively" rather than actively. As things happen to it, it reacts by taking on new forms and reorganizing itself into new functions. Taking on new shapes, forms and functions IS the brains way of reacting. "Taking on new shapes and forms" becomes "braining processing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a book that helps people to steer oneself. The distinguish aspect of agree and disagree. All the suggestions try to help oneself to be more effective in live. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kengsan Wong
As a fan of Edward de Bono and his innovative and important thinking methods I was very disappointed with this book and found much of the content to be very obvious and not very... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Arik Elberse
I am enjoying this book and I need the blunt advice put forth by Edward de Bono. The content is straightforward and the examples are helpful and relevant to understanding the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dom