Thought Stores – Thinkibility Nibble

Imagine, there would be stores that keep thoughts in stock and sell them. Make a mindmap where the branches reflect the various aspects of running a store. For instance:  Explore: Make a connection between aspects of running a store and selling Thoughts to customers as items in a store. What did you learn about Thoughts?... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Analogies and Banalogies

In "Surfaces and Essences", Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander suggest that "analogy-making defines each instant of thought". We build bridges between objects, actions and situations. Analogies help us to think and act in new situations and analogies help us to build new categories. Yet the term analogy is seldom used in everyday conversations and when... Continue Reading →

Ways to Recognize Concepts

How to recognize concepts? A concept can be described as a perceived pattern or regularity in events or objects. We form groups of different events or objects into a single category on the basis of some underlying similarity. We are often not aware of what aspects or characteristcs that are underlying the categorization of events... Continue Reading →

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