Jack and Jill

April 30, 2012 at 1:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.”

This is a cliche limerick, everyone knows it. But what information is missing here?

Well, for starters, what did Jack need the water for? Also, when Jill came “tumbling after”, was she hurt too? And why DID Jack fall down anyway?

Missing information never attracts our attention, and that can be a problem. ie, we don’t “see” it as missing until someone points it out to us – and sometimes that information is key in solving a problem. All too often, people zoom by and rush to the regular, standard conclusion before they actually stop and think about the problem first. Intelligent people are especially prone to this phenomonenon. They are “quick thinkers” and pride themselves on finishing first, it’s the source of their ego and pride. So one of the key things needed for good thinking, ironically, is to become a slower thinker and actually SLOW DOWN the thinking process.

The mark of a good thinker is someone who stops and thinks about things that no one else bothers to think about.

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