There are different kinds of thinking. For example …

Q   How does Legal Thinking differ from Science Thinking?

A   Science Thinking is ten times faster than Legal Thinking. Science Thinking can bring forward a much better future. Legal Thinking is obsessed with the past.

Because the view from inside the box is quite different to the view from outside the box is why there is such a world of difference between Legal Thinking and Science Thinking.

Legal Thinking is about judgment and is the Right/Wrong system. It was developed by the Vatican (based on the ideas of Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas) and then spread around the world in the last 500 years by missionaries. Even today in Australia and the US we still teach young children to “get the right answer and don’t make any mistakes!”

Science Thinking is about experiment and is the What if or Just suppose system (based on the ideas of Bacon, Galileo and Darwin) and was spread around the world in the last 300 years by university journals, independent publishing houses and the media.

Sometimes these two types of thinking are called Black Hat Thinking and Green Hat Thinking and, although there has sometimes been a conflict between these two types of thinking, we really need to be skilled in both if we are to be effective thinkers who can design a safe and productive future.

We need Science Thinking to be able to take broad leaps and escape from current ideas with What if/Just suppose experiments in order to discover new ideas; and we also need Legal Thinking to perfect the new ideas and remove their faults and extract their value with Right/Wrong judgment.

The full code of the School of Thinking brain software is – SDNT cvs2bvs QRH PRR – and the first part – SDNT – is how we teach Science Thinking.

SDNT stands for Start Do Notice Think.

SDNT is a kind of cognitive spiral which is repeated round and round and again and again to help you escape from the box.

First you must escape from inertia and actually start something then you go on and do it (perhaps as an experiment) then you carefully notice what has happened and then you think about it: do I like it or not?

Then you repeat the process … many times …

Start Do Notice Think

Start Do Notice Think

Start Do Notice Think

Start Do Notice Think





etc etc.


How you can continue to experiment with SDNT in your life going forward and post your response here in less that 100 words …

13 thoughts on “The Five Day Course in Science Thinking

  1. This shows you quite understand the SDNT sequence both in theory and applied. Good one. Hope it was fun for your daughter, too 🙂

  2. three days ago, I taught a new math lesson to my daughter, what i did was ;

    · Starting with what was available and doable:

    From her textbook, I gave her some drills to perform, and then some solved problems to study.
    . Prioritizing my work:

    basic Definitions; several Drills;different solutions of the selected Problems; concepts review

    · Excuting sequentially what was presented in my mind to deal with :

    Proper scientific concepts + textbook material + what she had in her mind
    And then new steps were taken.
    . Monitoring her reactions and the impact of my thoughts and actions on her , that was to decide either to contiue or to reconsider what i had done … my decision was:
    60% to continue and;
    40% to reconsider what i had done. I measured that by making a scale of points to rate her work.
    For me , it’s necessary to learn how to monitor my own mind while i am taking actions and how to see my actions while i am thinking .
    SDNT is really a true approach to enhance my thinking activities.

  3. Carl Sagan – science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

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