SOT Pedagogy: The Five Day Course in Science Thinking

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. I love the SDNT. Indeed nothinh is greater than cvs2bvs if one wants to accomplish phenomenal results in any endeavor.

  2. I would like to tie the SDNT around some of my values and ethics
    1. sdnt and don’t be attached to the expectation of the result . doing , movement are important the results not in your control
    2. sdnt and be mindful , be present of each thought , emotion and learn about yourself , constraints , what stops or starts you and keeps you ticking
    3. sdnt and enjoy the movement pat yourself on the back ; give yourself check
    4. just keep sdnt …sdnt …

  3. Instead of giving my team objectives and key results, I can ask them to do an SDNT process once a week (or once a day) and have them keep a log of their SDNT activities. Manage by starting instead of manage by objectives. This gives the team power to own the process, as opposed to me dictating, but I can still see where they are going and we can collaborate with transparency.

    1. Excellent DFQ Craig. I like the way you’ve applied it to your daily life. Also, the way you’ve articulated an SDNT experiment you could try out. Setting a high standard. Nice.

  4. For each task which needs to be done it is best to start it first. After a short period of time to stop and then plan how the task is to be progressed.

    A simple experiment using SDNT is to attempt this exercise on a different task each day.

  5. Hello:
    I think SDNT is a great way to get myself unstuck. Sometimes I am not sure what the next step is or I may get stuck. That is when I use SDNT to start doing something. Anything. Then I can see what the results are. I noticed, and I think to improve my results.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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

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