A thinker is a sovereign individual who consciously values the natural rights of thinkers.The School of Thinking supports the natural rights of thinkers. Here are ten thinkers rights which are supported by the School of Thinking.

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.

– Adapted from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual 
© 1982  Michael Hewitt-Gleeson and Edward de Bono, Capra New USA.

7 thoughts on “What is a thinker?

  1. I shouldnt be expected to accept the current situation. I have the right to think about the matter at hand in my own way, exploring the opportunities of what has been presented.

    I must accept others right to form there own thoughts and should be open to what they present to me. They may have found or lead me to the BVS

  2. Someone who stops before acting on emotions and sees the situation in a number of different perspectives
    Someone who values the thoughts of others

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