The Way the Brain Works with Thinking

Your brain has a powerful ability to put together make sense of whatever is put before it. Neural networks in your brain behave as self organizing system that encourages incoming information to organize itself into stable patterns in order for you to make sense of the world. This patterning behavior is the basis of your perception. Your attention will attribute relevance and meaning when your existing patterns are triggered in the thinking and language systems that we’ve developed to good at logic, but poor perception, which gives rise to some inadequacies and dangers in our current thinking. Language is our main instruments of communication and thinking. the excellence of language as a descriptive medium has made it relatively crude as the device for perception. Because we can describe complex situations we’ve not needed to enrich our patterns of perception through language, and language creates mutually exclusive categories such as right and wrong, good and bad, friend and enemy and so on. This allows the logic of contradiction. However, the logic of perception has been overlooked until recently, principle logic and argument form the basis for much of your thinking. Where it breaks down is in your assumption that your perceptions and your values are common and universal. The way that critical thinking has become considered to be the highest form of thinking has some unfortunate consequences. This traditional way of thinking is based around what is held to be true and what can only be checked by logic and argument. A high proportion of politicians and those in the legal or medical professions are only accustomed to this way of thinking and the result is a strong tendency towards disagreeing and attacking when they have low levels of emotional and social intelligence, such that the person or their character is criticized rather than the belief this behavior can be interpreted as argumentative and disrespectful. Critical Thinking lacks the productive generative, creative and design elements of lateral thinking that are often needed to tackle problems and find a way forward. According to Dr. Edward de Bono, the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, every valuable creative idea must always be logical in hindsight. If this wasn’t the case, the value of the idea couldn’t be recognized, it would only seem like a crazy idea. It is now known that an idea obvious in hindsight may be invisible in foresight. Humor helps us to understand perception better as it gives direct insight into changes in perception, followed by changes in emotion. This is something that cannot be achieved by logic.