THE BOOK: “cvs2bvs: software for your brain”


Long before The God Delusion and even before The Da Vinci Code there was Software For Your Brain!

Give the gift that gives back ten times more: give Software For Your Brain to all your family and colleagues, friends and enemies.

Just give them this link to click through here …


Read. Enjoy. Escape.


Michael Hewitt-Gleeson was first to design universal brain software (cvs2bvs) for the teaching of thinking skills. Today the ‘brain software method’ is widely used by government, corporations and schools in over 48 countries around the world.

• Jack Welch of GE championed the use of this method in industry to transform GE in the 1980s. Jack said, “Michael, you are a friend of our company. I wish I had a management team that really understood the cvs2bvs equation”.

• In 1995, the Australian parliament in Canberra formally adopted Michael’s proposal to teach ‘thinking’ as a subject in all Australian schools and teacher’s colleges. Victoria is the first state to implement this proposal across the state from prep to Year 12.

• Professor George Gallup of The Gallup Poll at Princeton said that he believed Michael Hewitt-Gleeson’s work in teaching people how to think may be, “the most important thing going on in the world today”.

• Sir Ninian Stephen, when Governor-General of Australia described Michael’s Keynote Address on cvs2bvs as–the best he had ever heard.

• Of Michael’s idea of using ‘Thinking Hats’ to teach thinking skills, Professor Edward de Bono says: “The ‘Thinking Hats’ method may well be the most important change in human thinking for the past 2300 years”.

The God Delusion was published in 2006 and The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003. In 1989, the best-seller, Software For The Brain (Wrightbooks 1989), was first published by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson 20 years ago in Australia and internationally and is now in its Fourth Edition.


You can download your own copy here or at the bottom of this page. This book presents the ‘universal brain software’ which is currently the most powerful brain software in the world.



The Universal Brain Software is the thinking switch known as: cvs TO bvs or cvs2bvs.

cvs2bvs simply means that the Current View of the Situation (CVS) can never be equal to the Better View of the Situation (BVS). Or cvs ≠ bvs When you use the Universal Brain Software your BVS can be ten times better than your CVS. cvs X10 = bvs.


You can practise saying cvs2bvs a hundred times a day for ten days.
(cvs2bvs) x 100 pd. This brain patterning strengthens the cvs2bvs switch and increases the opportunities for you to use the switch every day.


If you’d like to know more about the Universal Brain Software download a copy of the ebook–Software For Your Brain (2004 Edition)–which also contains all the School of Thinking brain software.

You may also forward this link to your colleagues/family/friends and you can download your own copy here.

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(European Edition)

The human brain is amazing …

… (with or without formal education) when it’s suitably motivated for survival!

Recently Hollywood and the rest of the world were charmed and captivated by the kids in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Here’s an example of a streetseller in India, who never went to school, and who took over from his grandmother on a street corner selling souvenirs to tourists.

— Click here to watch both of these short videos on this ‘lingo kid’

What is Wolfram|Alpha?

From Stephen Wolfram’s new blog and project called Wolfram|Alpha

Our goal is to make all computable, factual knowledge available to everyone.

What Wolfram|Alpha does is compute on top of those facts–answering questions, solving equations, providing insights, projecting future behaviors, and more.

We believe the result is an extremely powerful way of harnessing the world’s knowledge and making it possible for anyone to benefit from that power.

Who is Stephen Wolfram?
Stephen Wolfram (born 29 August 1959 in London) is a British physicist, mathematician and businessman known for his work in theoretical particle physics, cosmology, cellular automata, complexity theory, and computer algebra.

– Click here to his official website …



SOT Members who have completed the following three SOT training programs are qualified to receive the TISOT Certificate:
1. Beyond Critical Thinking
2. L-MHG Advanced Leadership Training, and
3. Think Darwin! Raise your darwinian intelligence.

The next Thinking Instructors training program is under the personal direction of Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Pro bono
There are no fees for this training.

If you wish to apply write to Michael by clicking here.


Why “Thinking Instructors”?
Michael originated the idea of training thinking instructors when he co-founded School of Thinking with Edward de Bono in 1979 in New York.

Edward was very keen on the ‘train-the-trainer’ idea and wrote to Michael from Cambridge (where he was a Professor of Investigative Medicine) saying, “I think your idea is brilliant! Training instructors has much more motivation” and so, after much discussion and planning, they decided to combine Michael’s CAP Train-the-trainer 6 principles with Edward’s CoRT Thinking syllabus and they started the School of Thinking on November 17, 1979 in New York.

The first intake for Thinking Instructors (TISOT) graduated in March 1980 in New York. One of the original graduates was Eric Bienstock who became the first Chief Instructor SOT and is now Vice Principal of the school.

Who Can Be A Thinking Instructor? There are no special qualifications for being a Thinking Instructor other than a genuine interest in thinking and in teaching thinking. Many Thinking Instructors are school teachers, business people, sports professionals, parents and neighbours. There are four different types of Thinking Instructors:

Self: Practising the skills in one’s own life for personal advancement, cognitive skill and well-being.

Family: Teaching the skills to one’s family and friends and as a forum for family discussions to avoid conflict and deal with family crises.

Business: Sharing the skills with colleagues, workmates, associates and clients to solve business problems and explore potential commercial opportunities. Also to find ways to cut costs and increase revenues. To raise morale and communications through employee participation and involvement in decision-making.

School: Practising the skills in classrooms to accelerate learning and discussion skills and even, where possible, to teach THINKING as a separate curriculum subject.

– The above quote is from The Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructor’s Manual co-authored by Edward de Bono and Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (Capra Press USA, 1982).


In 1982, Michael and Edward co-authored this book which became a cover story on all global editions of Readers Digest (at that time, the world’s highest-circulation magazine with 68 million readers) and SOT launched the biggest program in the world for teaching teachers-of-thinking.

The idea behind the School of Thinking’s ‘Thinking Instructor’ concept is threefold:

1. Thinking is a skill. It can be taught and learned like other skills.
2. The skills are designed to be simple, robust and effective. They are easy to teach and easy to learn.
3. Anyone who is interested can teach these skills to anyone who is interested in learning them.

As mentioned above, there are no special qualifications needed to learn SOT thinking skills and there are no special qualifications needed to pass on the skills as a Thinking Instructor. Having said that, SOT is also willing to list on our site those members who have completed the qualifying series of SOT training courses listed below and to issue them with the Thinking Instructor SOT (TISOT) Certificate.


Certified Thinking Instructor – TISOT
Members who have completed the following three SOT training programs are qualified to receive the TISOT Certificate:
1. BCT: Beyond Critical Thinking (48 lessons)
2. L-MHG: Advanced Leadership Training(20 lessons), and
3. Think Darwin! to raise your darwinian intelligence (10 lessons).


If you can find a way to multiply your thinking skills by ten and also multiply your selling skills by ten, then you will also find that you have–as a result–multiplied your leadership skills by ten. This can be done through training and coaching.

I look forward to personally working with you in this next class of Thinking Instructors and, on the successful completion of your TISOT training, to present you with your TISOT Certificate.

Best wishes,


6 Billion Thinking Hats?

In the past few weeks I’ve been conducting INNOVATION masterclasses for manufacturing CEOs sponsored by the University of Ballarat and for municipal CEOs and executives in Sydney sponsored by Citywide.

Two things still surprise me: how genuinely interested and enthusiastic are the audiences and yet how little they have actually been taught about the subject.

In 1983, School of Thinking originated the idea of Six Thinking Hats to show that there is more than one way of thinking besides Greco-Roman logic.

Today, after 33 years of teaching thinking and training teachers of thinking around the world, it is plain to me that there is a vast, virtually unlimited, number of ways of thinking ( for example, see this Wikipedia list).

There are not just 6 thinking hats, nor 60 thinking hats nor even 600 thinking hats, there are in fact many, many more … at least 6 billion thinking hats on Planet Earth!

To get you started, here are over 100 THINKTIPS reprinted from my book THE X10 MEMEPLEX: Multiply Your Business By Ten! (Prentice Hall 2000):

ESCAPE: How can I escape?
“Help! I’m trapped. How can I escape?” This is the cry of the thinker. Why? Because THE most difficult feat of thinking is to escape from your point-of-view. All of us are trapped in the special world we create for ourselves in our brain, our own unique viewpoint, our CVS. Your world and my world are different. You are trapped in your CVS as surely as I am trapped in my CVS.

— For the other 99 THINKTIPS click through to here …

Should the War Memorial tell the truth?

Today is ANZAC DAY in Australia.

Today the Chairman of the Board of SOT, Dr Brian Monahan and myself attended ANZAC ceremonies in Melbourne.

There is no IP more precious to the Australian Culture than the story of ANZAC. There is no Aussie meme that has more enduring replicator power than the ANZAC meme.

On ANZAC Day Brian and I had many conversations with diggers from the Vietnam War as well as the other wars that cost Australian lives.

One of the recurring themes amongst talking with war veterans is their despair that their war was never the last war. Why do we still go to war? Why are young Australian men and, in recent years women, too, still coming home in body bags?

In this context I would like to ask the following question: Should the great Australian War Memorial in Canberra tell the truth?

I don’t know what would be the better answer to this question but I do think that it is a question that should not be protected from thinking.

If this question can be asked in Australia then it may also, one day, be asked in other nations around the world.

What if the Australian War Memorial in Canberra told the truth?

I was recently in Canberra and spent a day at the memorial. It’s easily one of the best days any human, Australian or not, can ever invest in their own future.

One of the things that this wonderful place does is to ensure that every Australian who gave his life is remembered.

Lest We Forget.

But the great elephant in the room–in every one of these galleries that are crammed full of certain, but highly sanitised, images of the wars–is that the image you are looking at is nothing remotely like the truth.

All the images are painstakingly edited. Why? For what good reason? For whose benefit? On whose authority?

This is a question that I believe could be well served by greyscale thinking.

Train-the-Trainer: 6 CAP Principles


Australia: (CAP) Career Acceleration Program

In Melbourne, Australia in 1970, Michael Hewitt-Gleeson designed the generic Career Acceleration Program (CAP).

This was a train-the-trainer technology, for converting knowledge into skill. In training CAP instructors, six principles were emphasised. To become successful trainers they had to master these Six CAP Principles:

1. Learning By Teaching:

Learning by teaching means that if you have to explain something to someone else, then you must have already learned to explain it to yourself. So people are encouraged to teach their skills to each other, to their families, to friends, and so on.

2. Knowledge into Skill:

Developing a thorough understanding and conviction of the difference between merely having knowledge on a matter and owning a skill of performance in it. The virtue of virtuosity. Understanding the strategy of practice and repetition.

3. Measurement:

Unless one was deliberately willing to trade off the necessary time and energy needed to acquire a new skill – that is, logging the hours of practice and repetition – the trainee could never expect to go beyond the knowing stage and reach a level of operating skill. This means focusing on the process and measuring it in hours of practice (HOP) and key performance indicators (KPI).

4. Commitment to Action:

The skills must be useful in daily life. To assist the transfer of skills acquired in training to real life situations, trainees designed specific “action commitments” on special planners including times, dates, places, etc.

5. Effective Follow-up:

The monitoring of feedback and measuring results were an important part of CAP. Checking to see if what happened was what the trainee really wanted. This became a continuous part of the process.

6. Reinforcement:

Noticing increments of progress in acquiring new skills and then recognising them in an appropriate way by feeding back information–cybernetically–for positive reinforcement (CPR) were fundamental principles of CAP.


Military Training Strategies

images-31.jpeg SOT uses two primary Scheyville Australian military leadership training strategies:

1. digital training and

2. daily training.

From 1967 through 1974 in Australia and South Viet Nam, Dr. Hewitt-Gleeson studied, as part of his military training and service, world-class Australian Army officer training in leadership, survival, confidence training, instructional techniques and military arts. He conducted further experiments while serving as an officer/chief instructor in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Reserve Officer.

As a result of this experience he designed CAP which was well received by trainees, trainers and educators for producing measureable results. Since then, continuous, focused development of the training technology in the marketing, business, and public training applications has brought its evolution to its current stage of development.

From Black to Grey …

FROM BLACK TO GRAY is all about the escape from judgmental thinking to wisdom.


wisdom n. experience and knowledge together
with the power of applying them critically or practically
Oxford English Dictionary


Survival is clever and requires intelligence. Long term survival endows wisdom and this is a very clever thing, indeed

From the hard-won accomplishment of longevity emerges broad experience and special knowledge. It cannot be taught.

The Grey Thinking Hat is for Wisdom.

The experience of surviving for a complete generation through childhood, adolescence and adulthood endows knowledge and perspective that a young brain cannot match.

To achieve 50 years of survival, through two or more generations, allows the brain to build a database of experience which offers a perspective of history, an understanding of long term consequences, a faculty for prediction and a wisdom that cannot be acquired in any other way. It takes half a century.

(Master Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Grey Hat, Paris, 1887)

Grey Hat Thinking is the ability to see consequences, immediate, short term and long term. It is the ability to look back over history and to see forward into the future. To understand cycles, passages of time, the passing of fashions, eras, eons and the many possible futures including extinction, the possibility of no future at all.

My mentor, Professor George Gallup, was acknowledged worldwide as one of the greatest leaders of change. George was also a wonderful American gentleman and a very nice man. He was 84 when he died at his place in Switzerland in 1984.

He was the inventor of the Gallup Poll at Princeton and the designer of market research. He was the first to map the Human Meme Pool. George Gallup’s great personal wisdom was supported by his long experience of measuring, in scientific detail, the opinions of more people around the world than anyone else in history. In The Miracle Ahead he wrote that:
Change cannot be brought about easily by leaders, except in those situations in which the changes advocated do not disturb present relationships. In fact, it is the leaders who typically become the most bitter and the most effective foes of change. The public, therefore, must take the initiative and assume responsibility for progress in the affairs of man. The public must force change upon its leaders (who) command more respect today than perhaps they deserve… The leader is expert in his small world as it presently exists, not expert in the world as it might be. Although he plays an important role in modern society, it is not realistic to expect him to advocate change. This is the surest way for him to lose his status … The hope of the future rests with the citizen. To be effective, he must be well informed, and he must discover ways of making better use of his own great capacities and those of his fellow man. He cannot expect his leaders to give him much help in his upward march.

Grey Hat Thinking also means the wisdom to see other points of view. It includes the sagacity of patience to see beyond one’s own immediate viewpoint and the wisdom to see the viewpoints of others involved in situations: your partner’s viewpoint, your children’s, your children’s children, your neighbour’s, your customer’s, your enemy’s.

The wisdom of Grey Hat Thinking comes from long term survival.

Elizabeth II says: “One of the features of growing old is a heightened awareness of change. To remember what happened 50 years ago means that it is possible to appreciate what has changed in the meantime. It also makes you aware of what has remained constant. In my experience, the positive value of a happy family is one of the factors of human existence that hasn’t changed. The immediate family of grandparents, parents and children together with their extended family is still the core of a thriving community. When Prince Philip and I celebrated our Diamond Wedding Anniversary last month we were much aware of the affection and support of our own family as they gathered around us for the occasion.” – click to view her Christmas Message 2007 here.

It is the wisdom that emerges from the hard won, labour-intensive experience gained from having to solve life’s wide range of problems through multi-changing environments over several generations and for an extended period of time.

One of the well-known paradoxes of wisdom is expressed by Mark Twain’s admission: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years”.

Even though we may not be able to teach children to do Grey Hat Thinking we can still teach them to understand what it is–to recognise it–to appreciate it, to consult it, and to seek it our wherever it can be found.

Of all the original Thinking Hats–White, Black, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue–the Grey Hat is also the Senior Hat.

Wisdom, wrote Albert Einstein, “is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it … The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while … How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.

NOTE: If you have any suggestions or comments on this topic, please post your ideas below and if your comment is included in the book you will be given appropriate attribution and a free copy of the book.

See also: The Original SOT Thinking Caps Concept …

Chinese character for Wisdom


‘10,000 Hours’ book a hit with Hollywood

Why is everyone in Hollywood talking about 10,000 hours?

That’s the amount of time that author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes for a talented person to master a cognitively complex skill — like becoming a world-class pianist or an Olympic athlete — in his new book, “Outliers: The Story of Success.”

According to Gladwell, it’s the number of hours that separates the merely good from the really great, and it’s easy to see why the “10,000 hour” idea has caught fire in an industry like Hollywood, which is only partly a meritocracy, where riches rain down just as often on the lucky and the well-connected as on the talented. For many who have found success in the entertainment industry, Gladwell’s theory offers a nifty, concrete explanation to the question of “Why me? Why have I climbed to the top of my field when so many others have failed?”

—click through to original article …