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Futurlogics is a Thinking System and a Method of Research using the minds reaction to the future. This is the system of research used to investigate the unknown by developing the natural intuition in all of us.
History as a point of reference for charting the course ahead is obsolete. Soon absolutes will become mere variables. New tools are needed to prepare for the times ahead.
Futurlogics is an expanding spiral of thought to organize and systemize all the principles of thinking future through DMP.
Predicting, preparing, and planning with the understanding gained through reading this handbook will liberate the mind to think as it should.
"SIX THINKING HATS" vs FUTURLOGICS
Side by Side Comparison
The de Bono hats system of thinking employs three tiers of six components namely:
(NOTE: An oversight by Dr. Edward deBono is that the RED,YELLOW,GREEN HATS are essentially Right Brain(enlightenment,eclectic) type of thinking and the BLACK,WHITE, BLUE HAT are essentially Left Brain(truth,continuous,linear) type of thinking. It looks as if he has them mixed on the cover of his book. The exception to this is that the facet of Blue Hat that deals with metacognition is both Right and Left brained at once. Yet, they are artificially define metaphors, and may not represent this model.)
These tiers are bipolar in that they will retreat to a zone of action. The WHITE THINKING HAT lives in informational sources RED THINKING HAT lives in opinion, intuition, art. The BLACK THINKING HAT demands the "letter of the law" and fears the consequences of breaking rules and restraints of safety; and, the YELLOW THINKING HAT expects the "spirit of the law" and looks for intents rather than deeds. The GREEN THINKING HAT explores the edge of the map breaks trails, creates options, expands choices, generates new ideas, efficiency is measured in the number of new ideas produced where the BLUE THINKING HAT generalizes thought and consciousness is organized and systematized in one concerted focus, assimilates new ideas and efficiency is measured in terms of thought control.
The FUTURLOGICS system of thinking by james n. hall is not polar but rather is complementary of a holistic method/model. They are all directed to one end which is DMP : (D)irect (M)ind (P)erception and (D)irect (M)ental (P)rocess. There are six modes/models in FUTURLOGICS.
(D)irect (M)ind (P)erception represents enlightenment in consciousness. (D)irect (M)ental (P)rocess represents reason in truth.
Everything is directed to DMP in the FUTURLOGICS system.
DMP | TRUTH and LIGHT TRUTH is knowledge of FUTURE LIGHT is principles of intelligence TRUTH is knowledge of PRESENT LIGHT is intuition and insight TRUTH is knowledge of PAST LIGHT is logic and reason
TRUTH COMPLIMENTS PAST: Retrospective mode.............Absolute future PRESENT: Observational mode..............Natural future FUTURE: Model mode.....................Paradigm future LIGHT COMPLIMENTS INTUITION and INSIGHT: Imaginary mode................Imaginary future LOGIC and REASON: Assumptive mode..............Artificial future PRINCIPLES of INTELLIGENCE: Creative mode.................Synthetic future
The future in FUTURLOGICS is used as a provocation to thought and as a leveler to dogma and academic impedance to new thought and ideas. The future as total abstraction develops the mind to deal with things that are purely mental and subject to reason and intuition. It is a natural "brain storm". And finally the future is a short reference to all the things and events that we have yet to learn and experience and it is the frontier on the mind. Everywhere future is mentioned think the unknown or the vista of our method.
There are clear difference between FUTURLOGICS and "Six Thinking Hats" of Dr. de Bono.
Quote Dr. de Bono.
There are two main purposes to the six thinking hats concept. The first purpose is to simplify thinking by allowing a thinker to deal with one thing at a time. Instead of having to take care of emotions, logic, information, hope, and creativity all at the same time,
Quote Mr. Hall
The minimum requirement of Futurlogics is to be able to use more than one mode. This freefloating effect of transferring awareness to the mode in which one is operating is necessary to see ahead clearly. Discerning the origin of any idea, notion, or feeling is the key to accurate prediction. Tracing each idea to the mode in which we are thinking will develop this ability. DMP will be the final result. Remember to use only one mode is to have others think for you. DMP is truly thinking for oneself.
Quote Dr. de Bono.
The second main purpose of the six thinking hats concept is to allow a switch in thinking. If a person at a meeting has been persistently negative, that person can be asked to take off "the black thinking hat." This signals to the person that he or she is being persistently negative. The person may also be asked to put on "the yellow thinking hat." This is a direct request to be positive. In this way the six hats provide an idiom that is definite without being offensive. What is most important is that the idiom does not threaten a person's ego of personality. By turning it into role-playing or even a game, the concept of the hats makes it possible to request certain types of thinking. The hats become a sort of short-hand of instruction.
Quote Mr. Hall
We live surrounded by academic disciplines. All the sciences set forth points and areas concerning the future. If we have been able to detach ourselves from the narrowness of the views that any specific approach to the future might produce, the special patterns of thought to which Futurlogics ascribes enables us to objectively look at these various allusions. Any futurist must be able to detach himself from the present and see from another point in space. This detached, freefloating perspective is necessary to probe the future, and it is the outcome of Futurlogics. If a futurist cannot free himself from his method of obtaining data, the procedures and logics of the methods will inject themselves into the resulting scenario of the future.
Quote Dr. de Bono.
The purpose of the six thinking hats is to unscramble thinking so that a thinker is able to use one thinking mode at a time--instead of trying to do everything at once. The best analogy is that of color printing. Each color is printed separately and in the end they all come together.
Quote Mr. Hall
The above divisions become symbols and terms of the parametric descriptions of the future that we have referred to as modes. Modes are the results of cycles--or closed circuit thinking--as in the see-know, the see-believe. Very often when we are exposed to new things we interpret them by language we are familiar with, and we are often misled because of the mechanics of the familiar terms. Futurlogics is the balanced use of the modes which neutralizes the modal distractions as we envision the future. It becomes the DMP contact to the study of the future. It points to truth, which is knowledge of the three phases of the temporal environments--the past, present, and future. Futurlogics is the perfected mode.
Quote Dr. de Bono.
The six thinking hats method is designed to switch thinking away from the normal argument style to a mapmaking style. This makes thinking a two-stage process. The first stage is to make the map. The second stage is to choose a route on the map. If the map is good enough, the best route will often become obvious. As in the color printing analogy, each of the six hats puts one type of thinking on the map.
Quote Mr. Hall
Traffic signs indicate road conditions and maps guide us through unknown territories. So we must use Futurlogics as a guide to direct us toward our objective. Futurlogics is not the future--it is a means, a guidepost, a map to help us on our way. We must always be conscious of how the parameters of thinking about the future lead us away from DMP contact with future realities. DMP is our most intimate contact with the future and to allow any distraction will result in a distorted view of things to come.
Dr Edward de Bono states that: "The main purpose of thinking is to abolish thinking".
The FUTURLOGICS' attitude is that: The purpose(s) of thinking is/are to discover the unknown and to acquire foreknowledge and to prepare the mind for understanding and all this/these holistically to enhance further thinking. Or, simply the purpose of thinking is to improve the minds' capability of thinking and knowing. Or, even simpler the purpose of thinking is to prepare the mind to learn.
The modes in FUTURLOGICS originate from personal living and experience or orgainic sources such as memory ,senses, imagination, thought, manipulative skills of the hands , expectation. Holistic thinking or DMP is the ideal or synthesis these "natural modes".
The modes in "Six Thinking Hats" originate from a type of group conditioning or learning the rules of a game for social convenience and control . Simplified, modal thinking is "reached for" with analysis as a supervision principle.
The six modes in FUTURLOGICS are the results of six cycles of thinking that are organically produced from common sense. Examples:
Metacognition is thinking about thinking, but FUTURLOGICS is thinking about forethinking or prospective thinking.
The six modes in "Six Thinking Hats" are artificially assigned and trained into the thinking culture through rules and games. It must be learned through group interaction even though it is claimed that a Hat can be signaled by oneself to use one of the Hats. Actually the artificiality of the Hats is considered a positive feature of the "Six Thinking Hats" System.
Quote " Six Thinking Hats ". < Artificiality from Summary Page 199 >
It is the very artificiality of the hats which is there greatest value. The provide a formality and a convenience for requesting a certain type of thinking either of oneself or of others. The establish rules for the game of thinking. Anyone playing the game will be aware of these rules.
Quote " Six Thinking Hats ". Argument thinking from Summary Page 173
The two and fro
of argument style of thinking provides the momentum for the
thinking. That is why so many people find it easier to think in a
group than on their own. Thinking on one's own has much more need of
a Blue Hat structure. The object of the "Hats is to Control
groups by signaling the mode and training
Example of a Blue Hat structuring of artificially define "Hats" is as follows:
Example of a FUTURLOGICS organically defined prospective thinking is as follows:
(A History of the past gives meaning and tradition. FUTURLOGICS retrospective cycle generates the Retrospective Mode to produce the Absolute Future or solution. This cycle is very defensive of the Old Ideas and has the effect of volitive restriction and blunts the creative edge. These expressions are usually so called "proven ideas")
Whereas FUTURLOGICS is organically originated the "Six Thinking Hats" is Group originated.
FUTURLOGICS is "personal think". Once learned it is automatically self enhanced.
"Six Thinking Hats" is "group think". Once learned it is minimally useable as a metacognition technique and requires constant training and is enhance by group practice.
( There is a time to think and there is time to do otherwise. )
( Training the mind to capture and preserve first impressions can be very useful to creativity, insight, intuition. First Impressions, if not protected can be mutated by thinking that does not respect DMP of FUTURLOGICS. )
Again: FUTURLOGICS is both synthetic (Model) and analytic (modal) where "Six Thinking Hats" is primarily analytic except when the map and its colors are allowed to come together in a mixture.
BLOOM'S TAXONOMY AND SIX THINKING HATS AND FUTURLOGICS (link here)
FUTURLOGICS key points:
Here are FUTURLOGICS parallel thinking modes/models :
Spectrum of FUTURLOGICS parallel thinking modes/models :
Next Go Habits role in Thinking
Man is the final unit of measure and is the fractile of the Universe.
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