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 …

15 thoughts on “SOT Pedagogy: The Five Day Course in Science Thinking

  1. 1. Start – overcome inertia with a burst of energy
    2. Do – maintain movement using energy to overcome mental friction
    3. Notice – measure impact of the movement/change (results may drive “2” in a short feedback loop)
    4. Think – assess overall process

  2. Last summer I taught my 8 year old son to surf. As he is a typical 8 year old I knew the less chat and the more action the better so after showing him once how to pop up from lying on the board to standing on the sand we were straight out into the water and I pushed him onto a wave. After each wave I would ask him a question about the wave and we would focus on something for the next wave. Little did I realise at the time we were following SDNT. I remember his excitement around the START – what if we were able to re-connect with this excitement whenever new opportunities presented?

  3. I have always been a “starter”, i.e. that I start things quite easily. For example, I started a blog, founded an organization of lawyers, opened a mini-school, got a dog (a black lab named Britney), and even wrote a book. But I have never completed the loop of SDNT. So starting today, I will be deliberate in applying the SDNT framework. In my present work of enticing parents to bring their kids to me to learn thinking, I will start experimenting with new ways to communicate with them and notice how they respond and then think about new alternatives. I will also look into my previous actions and think about them, i.e. why they seem not to work.

  4. SDNT, NTSD, SDTN, etc. the spiral is malleable according to the state of the person’s mind, an internal or external event. Every day I’d experience this sequence randomly lasting from a second to hours. Walking-up for me does follow this sequence well, however. wake-up (start), get out of bed (Do), avoid pieces of furniture and switch on the light (Notice) and mentally review my day (Think.) From then on, the sequence changes slightly or completely flips on its head.

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