The rapid acceleration of global climate change, the unprecedented scale of the nuclear threat and the rising hegemony of artificial intelligence are all examples of wicked problems that cannot be solved with logic.
At the level of human2human relationships, many causes of daily conflict often are not solved but are exacerbated by binary I-am-right-and-you-are-wrong logic-style thinking.
Logic is natural to the human brain’s limbic system because it is driven by the emotion of fear. In particular, the fear of ‘mistakes’.
In contrast, lateral thinking is not natural to the human brain. It is counter-intuitive. It requires re-wiring. Rather like driving a car, It must be acquired as a skill with deliberate practise and repetition over time.
Lateral thinking is a skill that we should be teaching our children … because they are going to need it!