Over the next few months I will be gently (sporadically and slowly) explicating a concept I call “three-dimensional thinking.”
Here is a very grain-sized 8-million foot overview (not even an overview) of the concept:
1-D thinking = static “Coke or Pepsi” thinking, where someone won’t adjust thinking even when presented with verifiable and reliable evidence. Note that someone “changing their opinion” versus “adjusting their thinking” is also an idea here. This type of thinking feels like a rigid event that acts like a “rock” … even in the face of new evidence.
2-D thinking = what people call “critical thinking.” One idea (of many) here … someone knows and recognizes that they have cognitive biases etc. and will adjust their thinking based on evidence presented. They will adjust their thinking in a “probabilistic” way, and only IF it requires adjusting. A 2-D thinker acknowledges that thinking and formation of ideas is a constant process, not an event.
3-D thinking = takes 2-D thinking and adds the “depth” dimension. Here someone is able to take on multiple ideas and explicate the entire interconnected nature of those ideas and their impact on the world (or reality). Someone is also able to adjust thinking on each idea, and the overall “body of ideas” based on evidence, perhaps tested experience, and new modes of “interconnected-ness.”
This might include new ideas that “attach” themselves to the original body (flow) of ideas, or subtract themselves from it (on a constant basis) … AND how that whole body of ideas changes and flows constantly (this is key) etc.
The above is a pixel-sized snapshot of what I will be attempting to explicate. Keep in mind that I am human, and have not “mastered” this concept in any sense (and always willing to learn). I don’t think anyone can master thinking, because claiming mastery within a changing flow of information is a static statement.
And that is also a key point, this is an ever-developing, “non-mechanistic,” and very complex topic. When I begin to outline whom I consider 3-D thinkers from the past, you’ll see what I mean by that.
Anyhow, my overall objective in explication and dissemination this concept of 3-D thinking is I think we all need to work on improving how we think about this uncertain and propaganda-filled world.
I feel that if we don’t, that most of our species will fall prey to the manipulation and control of a rather psychopathic group within Homo-sapiens (NOT some simplistic “elite” or “Illuminati” … but rather a group that constantly changes, and comprises of a complex network of parts, people, groups and places).
While that might sound like some misplaced conspiracy theory … once you remove the media-infused “tin foil hat” imagery from your mind, you’ll begin to discover how the world really works. (WHICH, by the way, is something I don’t know fully … and I don’t think ANYONE does 100%).
But enough with the “op-ed” part … let’s all improve our thinking together.