Distorted Western Adversarial Thinking

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Distorted Western Adversarial Thinking
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, SIG Leader
A colleague recently shared a story that Edward De Bono told him at a lunch meeting. Apparently Edward was approached by a lawyer who asked: "How can I use Six Thinking Hats to argue and win my case in court?"Edward's reply was: "You can't. Six Thinking Hats is for exploration and discovery". While his response may be considered curt and terse, it reflects Edward's beliefs on how badly Western thinking has been distorted. In traditional argumenting, or adversarial thinking, each side takes a different position and then seeks to attack the other side. Each side seeks to prove that the other side is wrong. This is the type of thinking established by the Greek gang of three (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle) two thousand four hundred years ago. Adversarial thinking completely lacks a constructive, creative or design element. It was intended only to discover the 'truth' not to build anything." This is the main reason why Edward De Bono created Six Thinking Hats. We need parallel thinking (...) Read more? Sign up for free
 

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