I Am Right—you Are Wrong
I AM RIGHT—YOU ARE WRONG: FROM ROCK LOGIC TO WATER LOGIC achieves one of author Edward de Bono’s goals, that of illustrating why some ways of thinking about problems are ill-suited to solving those problems. The book explains well how description and analysis, the most common approaches to problems, most often lead to solutions limited by hypotheses posed and by current situations. Perception and creativity, he argues, would provide more complete and appropriate solutions. The “rock logic” of well-defined boundaries and dichotomies is sometimes not as appropriate as “water logic,” which lets ideas take whatever shape is appropriate. Thinking can be understood as a self-organizing system, and scientists should not abandon efforts to understand creativity simply because it is so complex a phenomenon.
Where de Bono fails is in providing an explanation of how to implement creative and perceptive thinking. He offers several examples (some of them numerous times) of how creative thinking led to exceptional solutions to problems. He does not tell, however, how to think creatively. This is particularly frustrating because at numerous junctures he promises to do just that. On the book’s very last page, in an appendix, he finally states that he had decided, upon reflection, not to give a promised discussion of one of the practical aspects of his thinking system, so as not to overburden the reader and dilute the main point of the book.
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