Thinking Skill Optimization

For anyone who wants to take advantage of the tips and tricks that have been put into a readily digestible form recently by many writers and researchers. We can learn to make better use of what we do know and compensate more easily for what we don't. It's not a magic pill, but you should walk away with some ideas that you can put to use right away!



  1. Objectives of Attending Seminar
    1. Hone Thinking Skills - Learn tips of techniques that you can use in a few minutes a day to give lasting improvements in your mental functioning....
    2. Learn to recognize and minimize effects of incorrect thinking
    3. Develop your creativity
  2. Definitions
    1. Thinking and Knowing
    2. Criticizing or Analyzing
    3. Creativity
  3. The Importance of Knowledge
    1. Nature of Knowledge
    2. Learning
  4. The Importance of the Structure of Knowledge
    1. Definition of Genius
    2. Benefits of Open Structures- Examples of Smart Thinkers
  5. Applying the Available Learning Technology
    1. Mind Clearing and Focusing Techniques
    2. Hone Thinking Skills- Key Concepts from David Levy's "Tools of Critical Thinking"
      1. Conceptualizing Phenomena
      2. Explaining Phenomena
      3. Common thinking mistakes
      4. Investigating Phenomena
    3. Understanding and developing creativity- Key concepts from Michael Gelb's Book- How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven steps to Genius Every Day-
      1. Introduction- what is genius
      2. Seven skills to cultivate over a lifetime-
        1. Curiosity
        2. Personal testing of knowledge and cultivating willingness to learn from mistakes
        3. Refining the senses- seeing
        4. Using ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty- importance of relaxation
        5. Balancing art and science, logic and imagination, importance of memory
        6. Importance of poise, mind - body co-ordination, etc.
        7. Connections- Butterfly effect, "Holographic" models of reality, etc.
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