1. Professor George Gallup founder of The Gallup Poll, Princeton said in 1980: I believe that what Michael is doing with the School of Thinking may be the most important thing going on in the world today.
  2. ITEM: One day in 1999, a multi-national corporation bought 6,800 copies of Software For Your Brain to give to all of their leaders to read.
  3. Steve says: December 30th, 2008 at 9:15 am What a great book! My sides were splitting with laughter at points throughout the book as I associated them with individuals, companies & the religious zealots of today. This should be read by everyone that wants to think for themselves – very enlightening to know others thinking the same as I have been since a kid.  “Why?” What a great word to ask yourself & the person preaching their version of the truth! Happy to pronounce that — I am a bright!

There have been many international editions of this classic book over the past 20 years. It introduced the Universal Brain Software known as cvs2bvs.  Software For The Brain has now been read by thinkers in over 48 countries around the world.

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Hard disk drive It took 51 years before hard disk drives reached the size of 1 TB (terabyte, i.e. 1,000 GB). This happened in 2007. In 2009, the first hard drive with 2 TB of storage arrived. So while it took 51 years to reach the first terabyte, it took just two years to reach the second.

This article looks back at how hard disk drives have evolved since they first burst onto the scene in 1956. We’ll examine the radical changes over time for three different aspects of HDDs: Size, storage space, and price.

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From the book Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, “Several techniques for seeing alternative perspectives exploit the general principle of coming at the problem from a different direction and asking different questions. These techniques break your existing mind-set by causing you to play a different and unaccustomed role.”

Thinking Backwards. One technique for exploring new ground is thinking backwards. As an intellectual exercise, start with an assumption that some event you did not expect has actually occurred. Then, put yourself into the future, looking back to explain how this could have happened. Think what must have happened six months or a year earlier to set the stage for that outcome, what must have happened six months or a year before that to prepare the way, and so on back to the present.

Thinking backwards changes the focus from whether something might happen to how it might happen. Putting yourself into the future creates a different perspective that keeps you from getting anchored in the present. Analysts will often find, to their surprise, that they can construct a quite plausible scenario for an event they had previously thought unlikely. Thinking backwards is particularly helpful for events that have a low probability but very serious consequences should they occur, such as a collapse or overthrow of the Saudi monarchy.

Crystal Ball. The crystal ball approach works in much the same way as thinking backwards. Imagine that a “perfect” intelligence source (such as a crystal ball) has told you a certain assumption is wrong. You must then develop a scenario to explain how this could be true. If you can develop a plausible scenario, this suggests your assumption is open to some question.

Devil’s Advocate. A devil’s advocate is someone who defends a minority point of view. He or she may not necessarily agree with that view, but may choose or be assigned to represent it as strenuously as possible. The goal is to expose conflicting interpretations and show how alternative assumptions and images make the world look different.

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