Beyond the Information Age discusses a new way of thinking about computers, knowledge and understanding. See the editorial for more information....

Thinking like Others

When you first get your drivers license you are trained to think like other drivers. Driving on today's highways is a critical issue that must be done correctly else your life or the lives of others could be in jeopardy. As a result of driver training we now have a society where millions of people drive everyday in safety and comfort. This is because these drivers have learned specific procedural knowledge that causes them to all think alike when it comes to driving on our roadways. Of course there are always a few oddballs that refuse to follow the proper driving procedures and end up causing accidents.

Driving an automobile is a good example of how we can teach virtually everyone to think alike and do the right thing on critical issues. As we move beyond the information age our population density will continue to increase and we will have more critical issues where we will need people to think alike in order to resolve them. If we don't learn to think alike we will be doomed to chaos and anarchy.

The new thinking process that we all need to learn can be accomplished by simply memorizing the ten directors and going over them as you think about an issue. Memorize: Name, Authors, Purpose, Environment, Language, Configuration, Operation, Owners, Market, and Value. That is all there is to learning this new thinking process. When it comes to critical issues you may want to type the ten directors into your word-processor so you can see them all at once and begin filling in what knowledge you have about each director. Being able to focus your thoughts on each director individually is a powerful tool to discovering what knowledge you have or don't have about an issue.

Last Update: 2006-Dec-23