What is a thinker?

A thinker is a sovereign individual who deliberately values the natural rights of thinkers.

The School of Thinking supports the natural rights of thinkers. Here is a second draft of ten thinkers rights which are supported by the School of Thinking.

Please consider these ten rights and post your own comments or suggestions below. Thanks.

A Universal Declaration of Thinkers Rights

1. As thinkers, we have the right to use thinking in a quiet and confident manner.

2. As thinkers, we have the right to have pride in our thinking skill.

3.  As thinkers, we have the right to use that skill and to consider a “thinking reaction” rather than a reaction based on emotion or experience alone. The thinking might make use of experience and emotion, but these would be part of the thinking instead of controlling it.

4. A thinker has the right to escape from current views of situations and to search for much better views of situations.

5. A thinker has the universal right to be wrong.

6. A thinker does not have to defend a point of view at all costs. There is the right to see other points of view and the right to design a much better decision.

7. A thinker has the right to acquire wisdom or to seek it out wherever it may be found. Wisdom is quite distinct from the sort of cleverness that is taught in school. Cleverness may be useful for dealing with set puzzles or defending local truths but wisdom is required for designing a safer future.

8. A thinker has the right to get on with his or her own work and to get along with other thinkers and if things go wrong a thinker has the right to think things through and to fix them without creating a fuss.

9. A thinker has the right to spell out the factors involved in a situation and also the reasons behind a decision.

10. Above all, a thinker has the right to  be asked to think about something, to focus thinking in a deliberate manner upon any subject. Thinking can be used as a tool by the thinker at will. The use of this tool can be enjoyable whatever the outcome. This applied thinking is practical–the sort of thinking that is required to get things done.

- This draft is adapted from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual © 1982 Edward de Bono and Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, Capra New USA.

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8 thoughts on “A Universal Declaration of Thinkers Rights

  1. We all do think, no doubt ,big but is how effective that to our benefit, need to be question. gratefully with sot we can deliberately think upon any subject. Thus thinking can be used as a tool by the thinker at will to advance our progress to the betterment of all humanity. thanks alot sot

  2. An excellent list and I’m very grateful to see number 5 in there.
    I still have the right to be wrong.
    Fortunately not as often now I’m using the BVS 2 CVS a lot more.

  3. I think, therefore I am. Or to properly quote Descartes,’ I doubt, therefore I am’
    To think clearly is essential for most situations in life.And the School of Thinking is excellent in improving ones thinking.

  4. Thanks for sharing the Universal Declaration of Thinkers Rights again. What is more important to living than thinking? How blessed I am to learned all this in 1983 and to keep re-learning it by doing the thinking.
    Christmas blessings to all.

  5. To think that this might be the only thing that can not be taken away from you.
    That is a comforting thought…

  6. We have a right to strive for a more rational world, and as such we have the right to expect that all children be taught critical thinking at all levels of schooling, rather than merely the “cleverness” mentioned in no. 7.