Conceptual Thinking and Using Physical Things

There is a misunderstanding that conceptual thinking is abstract in nature. Conceptual thinking is seen as just playing in your head, without physical devices? Conceptual art is the physical result of conceptual thinking. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of… Continue Reading →

Benefits of Conceptual Thinking

Conceptual Thinking – Thinking with the help of concepts – does have a lot of advantages. concept (Wikidictionary) abstract and general idea; an abstraction understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of… Continue Reading →

Conceptual Thinking

Many people are not very proficient in Conceptual Thinking. Perhaps because it is nowhere taught. Conceptual Thinking is thinking with the aid of concepts.   Some people  describe it as the ability to effortlessly walk up and down the ladder of abstraction. A concept is 1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences…. Continue Reading →

Engineering vs Design Thinking

There is a huge difference between “engineering” and “design thinking”. It comes down to that engineers are problem-oriented, a design thinker is need oriented. That’s a fundamental another approach. For an engineer the problem is obvious, As you can see in the image below, it is even not mentioned at all! Design thinking does not… Continue Reading →

Thinking in Analogies

Many teachers in analytical/critical thinking and writing clearly forbid students the use of analogies, because, in one sense, all analogies are faulty. However, as George Lakoff,  known for his thesis that the lives of individuals are significantly influenced by the central metaphors they use to explain complex phenomena, convincingly argues  that all our thinking is metaphorical…. Continue Reading →

Thinking in Images

Most people think in words. When asked to imagine a traffic accident they come up with not very detailed descriptions, in comparison with people who are thinking in pictures. It became even worse if the words are becoming more and more abstract. Words as society, market, law, inflation etc. stay for them just words; they… Continue Reading →

Ish – Thinking – Thinkibility Boost

As an introduction to a series of blogposts about conceptual thinking we will start by paying attention to “ISH-Thinking”. A concept is an abstract pattern in the brain that stands for some regular, recurrent aspect of the world, and to which  any number of different words can be attached. Sometimes ago we already pointed out… Continue Reading →

Combining concepts

What does a concert hall look like? What things are important for a great concert hall? A concert hall is: a building with a stage performanance venue filled with seats There are many benefits with conceptual thinking, thinking with the aid of concepts.  A concept can be defined as an abstract and general idea. But… Continue Reading →

A Concept R&D Department

In 1968, Dick Fosberry won a gold medal in high jumping at the Summer Olympics. Instead of diving with his belly over the bar and landing on his feet, he did it reverse, jumped over the bar with his back and landed on his back. Nearly two thousand years since the Olympics in Athens, mankind… Continue Reading →

501

We made it to this five-hundred and one post! To celebrate this we announce the publishing of two books that reflect the most profound insights we got from our notes on Thinking, Creativity, Innovation and Design so far. Concepts at Work Working with concepts will get you all the ins- and outs of conceptual thinking. It will… Continue Reading →

Searching for Ideas

Idea finding or searching for a new concept seems very similar to word finding. When an individual has consistent inability to produce words for things that they want to talk about they are suffering a kind of aphasia. They experience difficulties in answering questions as: What is the name of the category: church building house… Continue Reading →

Bootcamp Thinkibility University

We believe there should be a university that is solely dedicated to the in-depth exploration of “thinking”. Earlier we wrote some Thinkibility Nibbles  about how a University that teaches how to think, not what, might look like. In the West Wing scientists and students dissect the existing basic thinking patterns in a scientific discipline. In contrast to this,… Continue Reading →

A Repertoire of Concepts

In our series of conceptual thinking, we argued that “thinking boxes” or concepts help us to make sense of the world. At the same time it is restricting us in three ways: if we are not able to escape from standard interpretations of the world, we can’t innovate. It’s about changing perceptions and is called creativity… Continue Reading →

How to Describe a Concept

According to Wiktionary, a concept is an abstract and general idea, an abstraction. It is an understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination. It is a generalization (generic, basic form, or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept. As you… Continue Reading →

Quintessentially Me – Student 2050

In “Education – 21 Century Challenges” about “What should we teach children?” we posed two additional questions: What advice should young people follow? Who or where should they turn for advice when adults’ wisdom may only be outdated biases? We suggested two (visual)  approaches; one that departs from the current situation and one that departs from… Continue Reading →

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