Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm
by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
Brainstorming is an essential part of critical thinking and a tool that people use to invent an idea, find a solution to a problem, or answer a question.
Like: naming a puppy, or . . .
Prehistoric Man: “I wonder why all the stars move around in the same way every night, except for just a few? Those few wander about from night to night.”
Prehistoric Friend: “Why do we need to know that?”
Philosophical Man: “Maybe it’s because they are gods and follow their own rules.”
Philosophical Friend: “Maybe it’s because they got knocked loose from the celestial ceiling and are kind of just rolling around up there.”
Scientific Man: “Maybe the planets move around earth in funny little loops.”
Skeptic: “It’s probably all an optical illusion.”
Galileo: “Maybe earth isn’t the center of the universe like we thought. Maybe the center of the universe is the sun, and the earth and a bunch of other planets just move around it.”
Considering a lot of bad ideas before we get to a good one is how brainstorming works. We start by opening our minds and assuming that a lot of failures will be part of the process.
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