Take an excursion into THE MIND …

mindwo.jpg Yesterday I went to the Melbourne Museum to see the new interactive multi-media installation THE MIND: ENTER THE LABYRINTH. It’s a trip! Also, well worth the visit both to the new museum itself and to the MIND exhibit.

Explore the workings of the mind by entering a world of emotions, thoughts, memories and dreams. Step into the shoes of those that see the world from different mind perspectives. Discover the ways in which drugs and disorders affect our minds and question your attitudes to normality.

How’s Your Brainpower?

Here’s a simple audit for you to rate your own brainpower. It was designed by Dr Eric Bienstock who is Vice-Principal of SOT in New York. Eric based this checklist on the SOT’s Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual (Michael Hewitt-Gleeson & Edward de Bono, Capra/New 1982).

How do you rate your own brainpower? favicon.ico

INSTRUCTIONS: Answer each of the following questions, scoring
either 3, 2, 1, or 0 points for each answer depending on your
objective estimate of how often you actually do what is stated.
Use your best guess of the following criteria for scoring:

3 – 90% OF THE TIME (nearly always)
2 – 70% OF THE TIME (mostly)
1 – 40% OF THE TIME (often)
0 – 10% OF THE TIME (hardly ever)


______ My judgements of ideas are based on the value of the idea rather
than on my emotions at the time.

_______ I judge ideas not just as “good” or “bad” but also as “interesting”
if they can lead on to better ideas.

_______ I consider all factors in a situation before choosing, deciding or planning.

_______ I consider all factors first, before picking out the ones that matter most.

_______ When I create a rule I see to it that it is clearly understood
and possible to obey.

_______ I try to see the purpose of rules I have to obey, even if I don’t like the rules.

_______ I look at consequences of my decisions or actions not only as they affect me
but also as they affect other people.

_______ I look at a wide range of possible consequences before deciding
which consequences to bother about.

_______ On the way to a final objective I establish a chain of smaller objectives
each one following on from the previous one.

_______ The objectives I set are near enough, real enough and possible
enough for me to really try to reach them.

_______ In planning, I know exactly what I want to achieve.

_______ I keep my plans as simple and direct as possible.

_______ I know exactly why I have chosen something as a priority.

_______ I try to get as many different ideas as possible first,
before starting to pick out the priorities.

_______ I will go on looking for alternatives until I find one I really like.

_______ While most people look for alternatives when they are not satisfied;
I look for them deliberately even when I am satisfied.

_______ I am able to tell myself the real reason behind a decision I make.

_______ Before making a decision, I consider the factors, look at the consequences,
get clear about the objectives, assess the priorities, and search for possible alternatives.

_______ I am able to see the other person’s point-of-view whether I agree with it or not.

_______ I am able to spell out the differences and similarities between different viewpoints.

_______ TOTAL SCORE.


Don’t panic, this is NOT a scientific test. It’s just an audit or checklist to help you take stock of your thinking, that’s all! A trained thinker can direct his
or her thinking and use it in a deliberate manner to produce an effect.
To a trained and skilled thinker, thinking is a tool that can be used at will
and the use of this tool is practical. This ability to use ‘thinking as a skill’
is the sort of thinking ability that is required to get things DONE.

* If your total score in this test was between 51 and 60 points,
you may already possess superior brainpower.
* If you scored between 31 and 50 points, you may have better than average brainpower.
* If you scored between 0 and 30, you may possess no additional brainpower
other than the natural thinking ability that most people have.

___________ Record your score and any comments you have:

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TENPOWER: The Powers of Ten: Just ask the question: How can I X10 this?

Tenpower is a measurement tool. Measurement is a very important skill for the brainuser to develop. It’s also a big help in finding a way out of our CVS. For example, a BVS is a decimal of a CVS. A CVS is also a decimal of a BVS. In other words, they are related by powers of ten. Sometimes a BVS is ten times smaller than a CVS. Other times it is ten times greater.

The deliberate or habitual use of the number 10 is called Tenpower.

Ten times better may be ten times more, or ten times less, or ten units forward or ten units back. It’s the deliberate use of tenpower as a provocation to get you to escape from your CVS.

Tenpower helps you to switch patterns of perception. That’s all.

While it is not important that the number ten is accurately used, its use is a powerful escape mechanism.

images.jpgTenpower is simple and powerful but it’s not easy.

Just add a zero and take an X10 leap with tenpower!

Should doctors think?

Most physicians already have in mind two or three possible diagnoses within minutes of meeting a patient.

This was the title of a lecture I presented a few years ago at Monash Medical Centre to the medical staff. The title was deliberately provocative and the auditorium was filled. Doctors and medical staff work hard, they make critical decisions under relentless pressure and they use the same brain that we use.

This well-written article from the New Yorker by Jerome Groopman explores this topic:

“The errors that doctors make because of their feelings for a patient can be significant. We all want to believe that our physician likes us and is moved by our plight. Doctors, in turn, are encouraged to develop positive feelings for their patients; caring is generally held to be the cornerstone of humanistic medicine. Sometimes, however, a doctor’s impulse to protect a patient he likes or admires can adversely affect his judgment.”

More …

Seeker of Truth par excellance!

George Gallup

George Horace Gallup (November 18, 1901 — July 26, 1984), American statistician, invented the Gallup poll, a successful statistical method of survey sampling for measuring public opinion.

Portrait of George Gallup

As a pioneering pollster, company founder Dr. George Gallup determined that in seeking the truth, that is, the actual “will” of the people, his guiding principle would be independence. To ensure his independence, and therefore his objectivity, Dr. Gallup resolved that he would undertake no polling that was paid for or sponsored in any way by special interest groups such as the Republican and Democratic parties. Adhering to this principle, The Gallup Organization has turned down thousands of requests for surveys from organizations representing every shade of the political spectrum and with every kind of special agenda.


Some people prefer Truth.
Some people prefer Lies.
What do you prefer?

Thought Experiment: Have a really good think about how you approach this question before you post your own preference here. When we get 100 replies we’ll post the result.

In 25 words, can you explain, with an example, WHY you know you prefer TRUTH or LIES?

Gallup Poll: Parents Relieved Summer Vacation Is Over

GALLUP NEWS SERVICE: September 04, 2007
More Than Half of K-12 Parents Relieved Summer Vacation Is Over.

Relieved because their kids are bored, should be learning …

PRINCETON, NJ — School-aged children across the country are already mournful about the end of summer, as they head back to the hallways for a new school year. But how do their parents feel about their kids going back to school — are they in a celebratory mood (as some television commercials suggest) or are they sad to see the vacation end?

A recent Gallup Panel survey, conducted Aug. 23-26, asked a nationally representative sample of parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade for their feelings on the end of summer vacation. A slight majority of parents, 53%, say they are “relieved that summer vacation is over,” while 42% say they “wish summer vacation would last longer.” More on this …

What is your second-favourite organ?

ANDREW DENTON introduces Baroness Susan Greenfield on Enough Rope:

Andrew Denton and Professor Susan Greenfield   Woody Allen once described the brain as his second-favourite organ. I get the feeling that for my next guest nothing even comes close. A world leader in the field of neuroscience, she’s devoted her life to studying the 1.5kg of tissue that makes each one of us who we are. She’s a scientist, a TV star, a best-selling author and a life peer to boot.

Please welcome the expert’s expert on the inner workings of the brain, Professor Susan Greenfield.

Are you a speed thinker?

images.jpg Are you a slow thinker or a speed thinker?

Some people are slow thinkers, not because their brain (hardware) is slow but because they are using very outdated and slow thinking methods (software). What about you?

First, answer these five questions with either a YES or a NO:

• In any situation can you instantly know how you feel about it?
        YES                     NO
• When criticised can you quickly defend your opinions?
        YES                     NO
• Is it easy for you to see the mistakes in the thinking of others?
        YES                     NO
• Are you good at convincing others when you are right?
        YES                     NO
• In deciding, can you see the obvious alternatives and choose the best one?
        YES                     NO

If you answered YES to any of these questions then chances are your thinking is much slower than it need be and you can easily double your speed of thought.

Why is this so?  Click here to read more of this article …