Master of Lateral Thinking 2017 – Request For Interview – now open


School of Thinking is receiving applications for admissions to the Master of Lateral Thinking degree in 2017. The next intake is in September. This elite program is limited to 100 students worldwide.

For full information click to the Offer Document here.

Because this is a bespoke program under the personal direction of Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson the first step for admission is a one2one telephone interview with him. 

The telephone interview is for about 20-30 minutes and can be arranged by the Admissions Office for next week.

If you would like to be considered for admission please submit your request for an interview as soon as possible by clicking here and we will contact you to arrange a convenient time.

Request for Interview

Kind regards,

Dr Petrina Gillespie, Head of Admissions SOT

Smartphonebook: download now and read on your phone




Reviews on the smartphonebook, Bad Philosophy

Peter Dale, CEO of Volgren, Australia’s largest bus manufacturer.
‘I just had another read of your new book, BAD PHILOSOPHY, on my iPhone. It’s truly such a great concept. Easy to read, punchy and fresh! Congratulations.’
Sir Gus Nossal AC FRS, Chairman of the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Expert Group.
‘I like its simplicity and its directness. I like the facets of humour. I like the design which makes it so easy to read.’
Andrew Bassat, CEO and co-founder of SEEK.
‘I’ve gone through it on my phone as suggested. A lot of interesting thoughts.’
Professor David Penington AC, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne.
‘A commendably ‘sharp’ and pointed document. Easy to read.’
Maria Deveson-Crabbe, 2014 Telstra Business Woman - Community and Government.
'So exciting. if we could de-operationalise bad philosophy (in the same way we avoid viruses and addictions) we would abound with a lot of extra energy for fun and work-life balance.'
Professor German Spangenberg, Executive Director of AgriBio Victoria.
‘I loved it! I couldn’t stop opening the file and reading it to the end on my iPad!'


This smartphonebook has been purposefully designed to be read on your phone.

It’s free. Pass it on.

‘x10 Thinking’ in Australia. Where is it now being used?

In the USA, x10 Thinking is being used and promulgated by senior management groups at General Electric, Google, IBM …


In Australia, x10 Thinking is currently being used by senior management groups at market-leaders like …

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NAP x10: The ten minute power nap to help balance sleep deficit …

Whether you’re the lucky parent of a new baby or a soldier on active duty or a medical student under pressure or a lonely keyboard-jockey you are very likely to be suffering from sleep deficit.

A Flinders University study of individuals restricted to only five hours of sleep per night found a 10-minute nap was the most recuperative nap duration of various nap lengths they examined (lengths of 0 min, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min, and 30 minutes): the 5-minute nap produced few benefits in comparison with the no-nap control; the 10-minute nap produced immediate improvements in all outcome measures (including sleep latency, subjective sleepiness, fatigue, vigor, and cognitive performance.

Nap x10 is the acquired skill of ten-minute napping. It can be learned, practised and acquired by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

The Nap x10 skillset is two-fold:

  1. Finding a slot. One needs to develop the opportunistic skill of finding a ten-minute slot of time at various times of the day.

  2. Finding a spot. One also needs to develop the opportunistic skill of finding a spot or location at various places of the day.

Like all other skills this becomes possible with PRR: practise, repetition, rehearsal.

If you practise the Nap X10 skill, say, once a day for ten days, you will own it for the rest of your life and can use it anytime to defy and compensate for your sleep deficit.

Once you develop the Nap x10 skill you can do it  with or without headphones and you can find your own 10-minute pieces to accompany your nap. Here’s a convenient piece that last for ten minutes …


Two Kinds of Truths: Fake Truths and Real Truths

true 1. in accordance with fact or reality. 2. genuine; not spurious or counterfeit. – Oxford English Dictionary

Offline or online, the world is a wide web of truths. It’s a shopping mall. A huge marketplace of all kinds of truths. Little truths. Big truths. There are many, many truths. Billions of them. These truths live in brains and are, literally, hopping about virally from brain to brain via smartphones all day long, 24/7. Yes, 365.


There are all kinds of truths that want to live in your brain. Some are true and some are untrue. There are acquired truths. There are real truths. There are new truths and old truths. Unscientific and scientific. Low-probability and high-probability. Dormant and dominant. Lazy and busy. Simple truths. Complex. Vicious and virtuous truths. Dumb. Clever. Logical and lateral. Popular truths and secret ones. Fast truths and slow truths. There are convenient truths and inconvenient truths. etc. etc.

Using the OED definition of true at the head of this article we can divide all these truths into two general categories: fake and real.

To paraphrase the OED, fake truths are spurious and counterfeit. Real truths accord with fact and reality.

There are hives of truths, megahives, There are places that host replicating truths. For example Facebook and Google and Weibo. It is claimed, during the recent US election that 45% of voters got their political ‘news’ from Facebook. Much of it was fake.


Here there are millions of truths buzzing about from brain to brain on second-by-second transactions at the speed of light across the wired world. Some truths are better at replicating than others. Some win. Some lose.

Remember, truths always need homes to live in and these homes are human brains. The most successful truths are the ones that are good at acquiring brains. Sometimes called memes, these truths spread, virally, from brain to brain across the web.

Other truths are less successful and some may not even survive. This is the darwinian fate of truths. Replicate or die!

Now. This is the thing. Get ready for may what come as a big shock. Because the cognitive consequences of this next insight are huuuuuuuge!

The most successful truths are not always the real truths!

Fake truths often spread faster than real truths. Counterfeit memes are often more popular than facts. Convenient truths may acquire many more brains than inconvenient truths.

So, we can divide all the truths in the world into two categories: fake and real.

Real truths are those truths that are supported by facts and most accord with reality. They have the balance of evidence on their side.

Fake truths are those that are simply good at getting replicated into your brain but are not real truths at all.


Particulary vulnerable are the brains of young humans.

The young human brain which is exposed, for hours and hours every day, to the bare, intimate and unchaperoned screen of a personal smartphone. Other current gadgets, too, like laptops and gametops and the accelerating and careening future into … OMG … the internet of things!

Frightened of stranger danger at the end of their street youngsters are lovingly driven to school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. Yet, these young brains, naked and unprotected with their latest smartphone never far from their grasp, are then set free to blindly venture forth into a world of hackers and trolls, tricksters and cybercriminals, and bullies and the bogeyman!


Some people say they are concerned about possible radioactivity emitted by smartphones. This fear is nothing at all compared to the existential viral dangers children are exposed to on a daily basis.

Children are absurdly inexperienced, insecure and ill-equipped in their approach to the crackling chaos of the internet–the 24/7/365 whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the greedy grasping global marketplace with its siren songs, ferocious fads, toxic wastes and vicious moods, its callous explosions, its viral plagues and epidemics and cruel and sudden extinctions.

These hidden minefields of traps and predators are putting capricious end to the promising future, safe conduct and healthy development of their most precious possession. Their brain.

While kids probably already have good anti-viral protection for their laptops and smartphones my concern here is that they also should have equal protection for their greatest gadget of all. Their own personal necktop computer. Their brain.

Not just for your gadgets but you also need personal protection against viral meme infection from malware in your necktop computer. Develop the protective habit of asking (and getting a good answer to) the question: IS IT TRUE?

It’s like a condom for your brain. Just ask: Is it true!


Limbic Games

I sometimes think of the ways we respond emotionally to situations and how we can use our cvs2bvs thinking to manipulate or change our emotional responses in our mammal brain. I call these ways to change, The Limbic Games. For example, the 4 following limbic games can involve switching:

from Anger to Surprise … cvs2bvs

From Sadness to Trust … cvs2bvs

From Fear to Anger … cvs2bvs

From Trust to Joy … cvs2bvs

To get a list of human emotions we can refer to Darwin’s book, The expressions of the emotions in man and animals

Suffering and weeping
Low spirits, anxiety, grief, dejection, despair
Joy, high spirits, love, tender feelings, devotion
Reflection, meditation, ill-temper, sulkiness, determination
Hatred and anger
Disdain, contempt, disgust, guilt, pride, helplessness, patience, affirmation and negation
Surprise, astonishment, fear, horror
Self-attention, shame, shyness, modesty, blushing.

Or, Plutchik‘s List of 8 …