• The Four Elements of Thinking: Reasoning, Creativity, Synthesis, Evaluation

  • By: Benjamin Cheung PhD
  • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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By: Benjamin Cheung PhD
Narrated by: Tom Dheere
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Stuck mulling over a problem? Do you find it hard to make decisions? Do you struggle to be creative? Are you overwhelmed by information overload? Got thinker's block?

The Four Elements of Thinking introduces tools in your thinker's toolbox. It introduces a methodical and practical approach to thinking. It associates the four vital aspects of thinking (Reasoning, Creativity, Synthesis, and Evaluation) with easy to remember mnemonics (Earth, Air, Water, and Fire). The four elements presents a system to improve your skills at managing information, decision-making, creativity, reasoning, and problem solving.

The book will allow you to see new opportunities and solutions by engaging key mental tools during the thinking process. The four elements introduces a method for systematic investigation of the deep study of a subject. Each of the four elements of thinking is comprised of four components. In turn, each of the components is comprised of principles which are tools in a thinker's toolkit. The elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire remind you to apply Reasoning, Creativity, Synthesis and Evaluation throughout the thinking process.

Empedocles from ancient Greece claimed the world was composed of the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water. These elements are now easy to remember because they are infused into popular culture.

  • Earth thinking represents reasoning that is coherent and logical. It is composed of the Evidence, Inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning and abductive reasoning components.
  • Air thinking is a proxy for creativity. It is composed of the Investigation, Incubation, Insight and Innovation components.
  • Water thinking symbolizes synthesis thinking which is composed of the linking, perspective, synthesis, and pivots components.
  • Fire thinking stands for Evaluation. It is composed of the decision, judgment, contingency and validation components.

The problem solving flow describes a seven-step method using the methods of the Four elements.

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©2018 Benjamin Cheung (P)2019 Benjamin Cheung

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Great Book

A great guide on how to organize and test ideas. I'm going to listen to it, over and over!

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Thinking is quite a process!

The book delves into the details of thinking, exam