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Futurlogics a Thinking System and a Method of Research using the
reaction to the future. This is the system of research used to investigate
the unknown by developing the natural intuition in all of us.
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There are websites with the name(s) of futurlogic or futurelogic.
What have they to do with Futurlogics?
It appears they have plagiarised the name!!
Futurlogic with out the "s" is not part of futurlogicS; they are group-think.
Futurlogics is personal-think using various logics to approach the future.
Futurlogics must be spelled without the "e" and with the "s".
Futurlogics started in 1983 with it's copyright to the US Government.
Futuring: noun: The mental consideration of the future as a concept, as a potential reality, and as all that is yet to be in actuality.
Futur: verb: The activity of futuring.
Futurus: Latin: for about to be, about to exist. Logic: Latin/Greek: for logic, rationale, reasoning, inference, sanity, system of reasoning: Aristotle's logic, mode of reasoning. Now defining by combining futur + logic + S creates the new word: FUTURLOGICS The is an "S" in Futurlogics because there is plurality in the future, to a person or to the society, because of the choice or choices they make. A singular future
with no detours is known only by God the Father and those Saints and Prophets He reveals this information. Since we are not HE or THEY, the future is
dependent upon free will and agency. Futurlogics will always be plural with an S. FUTURLOGICS: MOS: (M)ind (O)perating (S)ystem
What is a MOS? In computer science an OS is an acronym for (O)perating (S)ystem. An Operating System provides a base to put various
apps or applications to execute. The Mind/Brain also needs an Operating System upon which we can function with what we know. It is how
we apply our knowledge, either upon knowledge itself or upon the things we know about. It is theory in action. A MOS or (M)ind (O)perating (S)ystem
is the theme upon which we execute our methods or praxis.
What mental operations are central to developing DMP or the dual
Direct Mind Perception/Direct Mental Process?
Naturally the whole mind; but *three fundamental operations of
between COMPENSATION, CROSS MODE MASKING, HEURISTICS:
Compensation is the heightened thought and sensory awareness and sensitivity
due to a blockage of one channel of sense or thought.
Cross mode masking is the affect from channel or sense blaring that dominate
other inputs so as to cause an attenuation or blocking or mode/cycle style
of thought to the other inputs.
Heuristics is the happy discoveries made without logical or patterned thought.
It is the improvements made to the mind because the mind finds new ways
to do things in a "shorthand" fashion. It says if it work for me I'll use
it even if it comes out of the blue or it's logic is lacking.
*Updated answer © 2010: The six fundamental mental operations central to developing DMP, (the dual defined acronym) or Direct Mind Perception/Direct Mental Process are the balance between:
>>> CROSS MODE MASKING,
>>> COMPENSATION ,
These components are needed to use the whole mind, and are defined next:
CROSS MODE MASKING is the affect from channel or sense blaring, that dominate other inputs, so as to cause an attenuation, or blocking, or mode/cycle style of thought, to the other inputs. The opposite of cross mode masking is compensation. Example, sight dominates the inputs the other senses send. Or sometimes a sound is so loud we loose the ability to see clearly.
COMPENSATION is the heightened thought and sensory awareness, and sensitivity due to a blockage of one channel, or sense, or thought. Example, the blind using all his other remaining senses, to make up for the loss of his sight, will illustrate this effect.
HEURISTICS is the happy discoveries made without logical or patterned thought. It is the improvements made to the mind, because the mind finds new ways to do things, in a “shorthand” fashion. It says, “if it works for me, I’ll use it”, even if it cannot be explained, or if it comes out of the blue, or if it has a self contained logic of its own—because it works!
JUDGMENT is ability to evaluate incomplete data, partial information imperfect knowledge.
CREATIVITY is synthetic thought that combines, builds, adds, to get a new idea or new approach.
KNOWLEDGE is our awakening to existence.
What relation has futurlogics with the "Six Thinking Hats" of Dr. Edward de Bono?
The relation futurlogics has with the "Six Thinking Hats"
of Dr. Edward
de Bono is that many of the ideas in his thinking systems were implemented
in the context of FUTURLOGICS © 1983 several years before his "Six Thinking
Hats" © 1985. There is a benefit to reading Dr. de Bono's books as it
will assist in getting comparative thinking or what is referred to by the
author james n. hall as a "spur". (A spur is the the starting of a pearl
in the oyster.) Of late Dr. de Bono technique has referenced the "Hat Free"
thinking meeting forum, this is similar to DMP in that DMP is mode free
and cycle free thinking. This is central to futurlogics thinking system.
To use the terminology of Dr. de Bono work DMP can be compared though roughly
to the consolidation of both "Vertical thinking and Lateral thinking."
in a "parallel thinking" system. DMP is both (D)irect (M)ind (P)erception
(Lateral Thinking); (D)irect (M)ental (P)rocess (Vertical thinking) done
at once. DMP works in a "Parallel thinking" system until they unify in
the concept of Holistic thinking or DMP as we call it; which is the dual
acronym of "DMP". DMP is essential to dealing with the future as both a
concept and an ulterior reality. The future is used to develop the higher
thinking skills associated with our relations and activities twards futurity.
The future strips off the "Hat thinking" some of us get locked into. What
Dr. de Bono calls a HAT Futurlogics calls a MODE. DMP is "hat free thinking".
Perhaps Futurlogics could be termed "Blue Thinking" as it could control
all the other hats in the different circles of use. Or alternatively after
the "Six Thinking Hats" are turned to the future a system would or could
be developed which would be identical to Futurlogics. There are "Six Modes
of Thinking" in the Futurlogics which is similar to the "Six Thinking Hats"
in concept. However there is also "Six Models of Thinking or FUTURES" in
Futurlogics which concept seems to be missing in the "Six Thinking Hats"
version. Futurlogics tries to eliminates "Hats" after they are created
by turning them into models and then DMP. In the text of Futurlogics the
thinking system is compared to the rainbows colors and the kaleidoscopes
colored variations. Here is an old web page that has greater detail.
What benefit is there to studying a thinking system such as Futurlogics?
With the advent and advancement of the computer there is now time
do what man can do better than the machines and that is really think and
make good decisions. The Brain is so flexible that it can have millions
of thinking system for every purpose. Man must learn to think again. Perhaps
children think the way we should and we need a reminder to get back to
that natural thought process. Computers have given man time to think now
the competition is in thinking best! A creativity rebirth!
Why use the future to build the thinking skills?
Since, we are nearly blind to the future, our mental abilities are
by the absence of direct input, just like the blind of sight use the other
senses to "compensate." This just like the philosophers who uses every
mental skill except common sense to emphasis logic and reason; but, rather
than artificially restricting an area of thought one is chosen that is
Also abstract thought is stimulated because metacognition is
deal with the conceptions devoid of the sensory input. One is forced to
be honestly dealing and learning without the senses. We learn to be extra-sensory thereby.
Are there links to future studies and future research?
The following links are offered for convenience to visitors. STP
no affiliation to their operations, and it is here listed for reference only:
How can I learn more about the difference between MODAL THINKING
If you purposely want to produce modal thinking,
concentrate and focus
thought constantly looking for ever more specifics. This is not exactly
an inductive process because logical rules are relative not absolute. Modal
thinking is hypnotic or a suggestive state or mind.
If you deign to engender model thinking one should ever
an abstract mental process and finally distilled mind perception occurs
such as an intuitive flash. This is not exactly deductive process because
logical rules are relative not absolute. Model thinking is hyperempiric or
These two techniques should give you the material to reflect and
a feel for the differences and then as experience is gained this feel will
develop to mental principle through the futurlogics. That is if you can flip
or change paradigms at will.
How can developing the six streams of thought that embrace
consisting of models/modes develop holistic thought? It would seem
that such streams would produce a divided mind?
The streams are related to each other in an unified schema
all thought. Three of the modes/models namely:
||| Absolute Future/Retrospective mode
||| Natural Future/Observational mode
||| Paradigm Future/Prospective mode/model
are time continuum related and essentially embrace the concept of
reality moving through time. Also three of the modes/models namely:
||| Imaginary Future/Imaginary mode
||| Artificial Future/Assumptive mode
||| Synthetic Future/Creative mode
are mind related and essentially embrace the concept of mental
principle of intelligence.
Now these two streams of Truth or (reality over time) and
Enlightenment or ( principles of intelligence) are interrelated
by the source of thought which is mind. When Truth and Enlightenment
advance the mind then Integrity is the result. Futurlogics actually
integrates rather divides. It is "HAT FREE THINKING" to borrow
Edward de Bono version.
What technique of thought creates the Artificial Future as
The metaphor is a powerful motivator or motivation often produces
metaphor. When something LIKE another thing is so strongly associated
that it is definitive but really IS not exactly that thing it is metaphorical.
Metaphors are underestimated in their persuasion of the mind. The
Artificial Future and its' mode is driven by such strong associating
metaphors. They are emotionally coined tokens of expressions of the
future or models. Essentially metaphorical thought produce the
Artificial Future by subconscious assumptions.
Habitually trusting your own judgment without verifying the results
may generate such a mode also.
No one can learn the future, what good is futurlogics?
Pretending to learn of the future is just as effective to develop
thinking that is promised in the futurlogics system. The point is that the
future is a natural brainstorming technique that stimulates intuition and
creativity. Think of futurlogics as an isometrics exercise of the mind or as
a brillant guess.
Why did you write Futurlogics?
I discovered that I had several learning disabilities. One
of which is that
I had great difficulties learning the future! I then thought that since I
most certainly believe there is a future, therefore it was worth investigating
the exact origin of that belief-knowledge.
Did you know that the English is awkward in the text of the futurlogics?
YES. Creating an idea and expressing it at the very same
time is very
difficult to do. Most creativity is shunted because the requirement to
express correctly dominates the creativity. The truly creative personality
can see the value of an idea couched in awkwardness. Later the
refinement of hindsight will polish the expressions. My philosophy is to
create first then polish and primp. Futurlogics is a true brainstorm and
judgment was suspended to allow discovery to dominate. Now we
can evaluate and be judgmental. Put on the "BLACK HAT" as the
good Dr. de Bono has said. Criticize because there is now something
to criticize. Let criticism polish this stone.
Amazon has the 2013 version of Futurlogics where the language is
greatly improved. It is worth having both versions to see the comparison.
Is not scheduling an activity relative to the future?
Yes, the fact that we schedule prove to the mind that there
is a future. The chapter on waiting is in effect a very
generalize reference to the activity of scheduling, but it
is obvious that the details of waiting should be dealt in
greater length. Scheduling probably should be amplified
in Futurlogics and in the further treatments of futurlogics
more will be said about the details of waiting or scheduling.
What effect or affect does constant analysis have on the mind?
Analysis is hypnotic? Synthesis is awakening or enlightening or
exact opposite of hypnotics. Futurlogics is synthesis.
How does futurlogics work with a group of people?
Ideally the principles are internalized and would work
But it works with what is called a Delphi Conference. In the Ideal situation
there would be seven individuals or seven groups. One cell or division would
be assigned to the Absolute Future. The next would be assigned the Natural
Future. And then the third would be assigned the Imaginary Future. The
fourth would be assigned the Artificial future. The fifth would be assigned
the Synthetic Future. And the sixth cell would be assigned the Paradigm
Future. The Seventh division or cell would be reserved for DMP.
The modes would be applied in turn first with the Retrospective
to address the Absolute future. Then after the Absolute future is constructed
by the Retrospective Mode the next mode to use is the Observational Mode and
it is used to construct the Natural Future. Then next the Imaginative Mode
is used to construct the Imaginary Future. Next the Assumptive Mode is used
to construct the Artificial Future. After the Creative mode is used to
to construct the Synthetic Future. Lastly the Paradigm Mode is used to
construct the Paradigm Future. During and in summary the DMP role or
cell will orchestrate this process and maintain order and relevance. Then
the cells move to the next cell up and the DMP moves to the vacant Absolute
cell and the Last to occupy the Paradigm Future will take up the DMP role.
This continues till all have had a turn in each of the cells. This could
be thorough enough to go though 49 cells or 7 times.
An second method which tends to use social pressure to control
spontaneity and is less respective of volition and individual participation
is to use the "six thinking hat" method of all "wearing the same hat" or in
this case everyone takes on the same division. That is all will use the
named mode at the same time. First everyone uses the Retrospective Mode
to construct the Absolute Future. Secondly everyone uses the Observational
Mode to construct the Natural Future. Next everyone uses the Imaginary Mode
to construct the Imaginary Future. Next everyone uses the Assumptive Mode
to construct the Artificial Future. Next everyone uses the Creative Mode to
construct the Synthetic Future. And finally everyone uses the Paradigm Mode
to construct the Paradigm Future. The DMP individual will conduct or preside
over this exchange of Modes and regulates and maintains purpose and order.
At the end everyone uses DMP to free forum and mode free discuss all the
different streams of thought at once. This is done in as many cycles as
necessary to develop the Zone or vista.
The third method is to let everyone speak up as directed by DMP
a free forum of discussion but the statement must be identified as coming
from one of the modes/models. DMP keeps this in harmony and balance. DMP
will designate the next speaker. In this form DMP should be rotated to
the other mode/models to develop the individual in the various cells. This
works well with small groups.
The details of this are:
History and past precedences is the first order of business toward the vista or
Science and Observation is next discuss to perhaps quantify the vista or
Brainstorming or Imaginative outpouring is next to generate ideas toward the
vista or goal.
"What IF" is then experimented with to construct an Artificial Future by
using the Assumptive Mode.
Planning, Creative Associating, putting it together in new ways is allow for
the Creative Mode to produce synthesis toward the vista or goal.
Summarize and project to the future the results and overview to Model every
item to a Big Picture or FUTURE toward the vista or goal.
Dissertation by DMP to give human feeling and social impact to the whole
discovery and view and vista of the developed ideas.
Where is the money in futurlogics?
Where is the money in thinking? All business is meeting the daily
changes in the market place and meeting the paradigm shifts and making
good decision. Futurlogics can help this process by structuring it with
even a direction or a parallel. To experiment is the lot of the modern
business that attempts to be ready for the fast changes ahead. By
balancing the modes and models of futurlogics one balances the thought
processes that are found in the CEO, CFO, CIO, CXX levels of leadership.
The future plans of the business model are given integrity with the
requirements of the staying profitable. Each mode/model is like a
subordinate reporting and executing the business plan. This is method
that can be modified on the fly because futurlogics teaches creativity
and innovation. The future is always new. Concentrating on the future
gets one used to dealing with the frontiers of change. Futulogics helps
successful be more successful and the failure get successful. It can be
said that success in anything is worth money.
Where is the the most advantageous starting place to begin
prediction in futurlogics?
Where a raging controversy is a flame.
Maintain an even objective
stance or approach and gather as much data and information as can be
gotten about the subject and determine the holds the two factions
in their persistent view. Empathize to see and feel the positions.
Predict the outcome of both sides of the controversy and then go and use
(If controversy is not your cup of tea then look for a metaphor instead.)
the Six modes and then Six Models; and, then in a holistic way,
Predict the true outcome, WHEN the controversy is resolved by conclusive
data or information. DMP is the end of controversy.
REFERENCE one: Example of a prediction session
REFERENCE two: Example of a prediction session
REFERENCE three: Example of a prediction session
COMMENT: What is the impact of Self Paced Learning?
REFERENCE: (Buy james n. hall's Futurlogics sample)
What is Intelligent Disobedience?
Obedience requires a driving rational. If the world was not completely
with unpredicted results obedience would never need intervention. But
with instructions that are general in nature and can not take into account the
possible ramifications that do not fit, a personal recognizance is required.
Occasionally one has to break one rule to keep another. Obedience to the
driving rational should take precedence to a literal obedience. There are
dogs that are selected for obedience to be trained to be a guide for the blind.
But before the dogs pass the final test they have to be able to disobey the
blind for their own safety. For example, the blind urge a dog to move forward
in crossing a road not knowing that there is an open man hole cover missing.
The dog should refuse to move forward under command for the ultimate safety of
the blind. Obedience without regard to overall views is not in harmony with
the larger responsibility to keep the blind from harm. Obedience alone is
modal where the higher level obedience of a driving rational is model form
of obedience. DMP is both levels of obedience in harmony and oneness.
How can you increase Creativity?
Seek out the frontiers of knowledge on the particular subject and
build an outpost with the materials available there. The future is the most
naturally occurring frontier available to everyone. Futurlogics uses the
future to provide this frontier experience to the seeker of creativity.
America is a creative country due to the frontier beginnings of its past.
But this will die out unless we provide frontiers for the children that
follow. Every thing becomes new with the perspective of Futurlogics.
This newness is the result of the streams of thought that integrate and
synthesize to DMP. This is the natural climate to develop creativity.
Plus there is the mode/model of the Synthetic future and the creative
mode. Which specializes is this approach. Find our frontiers and
set up shop there and produce Art. You'll be creative. The past
oriented societies will not produce such art and will tend to perpetuate
a less than free society. Freedom is the prime ingredient to creativity.
Set up a free environment and creativity follows!
How can you get out of a rut or unproductive routine.
1. Vary some element in the "pool." (Pool is the focus and the vista of consciousness. Consciousness can be thought of as analogous to the eye. There is macular consciousness and peripherial consciousness. This is the pool.) a. Get a big picture or vista of the routine. b. See the routine as a model of some larger view. c. Determine what is variable and what is immutable. d. Make the immutable vary and fix the variable to a constant. 2. Follow some ridiculous 'soot organon'. (Soot is black carbon residue that covers everything after a fire. This is the residue of enthusiasm which is the original fire of zeal that has since gone out. Organon is the system of rules and principles considered as an instrument of guidance as of knowledge or thought.) a. In everything there are unknowns that are given names to cover ignorance and provide a quick reference, Bring to the light of scrutiny the true origins of these ornate names. Start with the obviously ridiculous and work twards the subtle sublime names. b. Essentially uncover the ignorance or avoidance of ignorance by drilling through the nomenclature that covers reality. Go from academia to common sense. 3. Change subject return. a. Reverse the outcome of the routine. If it is productive then make it diminish the return as the efficiency increases. Demonstrate how going to school makes one more susceptible to propaganda and deception. b. 'Ignorance is bliss' to 'Ignorance will be painful'. 'Knowledge is power' to 'knowledge is debilitating.' 4. Think about in a different mood. a. Of course emotions melt logic and soften the hard. Or emotions make hard and intractable. b. Realize some will be clinicians others will be activists. And there exist a spectrum between. 5. Get additional data or points of view. a. Stop and look around. Step back and view from another point of view. Look at the competitions and imagine how the enemy looks at you. Or see this situation from your enemies eyes. b. See back at the subject as if from out of the box. Get back at point of inception. c. Review the origin and trace the genesis of the routine. 6. Prove or put under some mental process such as showing to be funny as worthless. a. Change your logic such as moving to an other futurlogical mode. b. Realize that logic is memorized rules of thought. Change the rules and the logic. Set up some deMorgans theorem to normalize. (deMorgans theorem is a transforming postulate of logic. _______ _ _ _______ _ _ (A + B) = A * B and (A * B) = A + B or in words Not (A or B) equals not A and not B Not (A and B) equals not A or not B ) Many rules can be redefined to effect the same result. Logic was defined from and model for those whose vision of the big picture is lacking. If your map or model is enhanced then refine the logical relations along with the remodeling. c. Everything has comedy in it. 7. Leave some part out. a. See how long the routine lives with missing organs and functions. b. learn to use denial and defiance as a tool of analysis rather than to cover up an unwanted realization. 8. Put a known fact instead of an unknown. a. Substitute a perfect replacement to a problem area b. Replace what is perfect with the worst possible case. c. Destructive testing should be conducted to determine the viability of the routine to see it run out of the rut. 9. Predict the future of the routine or rut. a. Prediction, foretelling, prophesy will give perspective to any study. Then start at item one and recycle to this point again. This should create the expanding spiral to break out of the routine.
What is the difference between a 'THINKING SYSTEM' and 'SYSTEM THINKING?'
A THINKING SYSTEM can be thought of as methods, models, metaphors
They are such as:
"Six Thinking Hats"
"FUTURLOGICS a system of prospective thinking"
"Common Sense" in its various degrees
They can move in and out of the whole or the part with transparency.
SYSTEM THINKING takes on the whole rather than breaking down into
System thinking sees taking just a part as a distortion or the whole maybe
greater than the sum of the parts. Synergistic or 'Sick' or equilibrium is the
state of the 'sum' of the parts of the whole.
Generally therefore analysis is not part of the thinking concepts
an exception . System thinking uses vistas or maps rather than the focus of
analysis. The splay of synthesis is to be taught or learned as the synergy
of the system is to be maintained or increased or possible decreased when
detrimental. The thesis of modes in the Futurlogics come from one of three
types of cycles. Cycles are mentioned in the SYSTEM THINKING and they are
generally the "vicious cycle" that eat at itself and the "virtuous cycles"
which increase and expand such as the expanding spiral of futurlogics;
also of course the balanced or non-spiraling cycles that tend to be in
dynamic stability. Futurlogics is an expanding spiral or is a 'virtuous'
cycle of six connected cycles or interconnected cycles generating a 'SYSTEM'.
Futurlogics creates a system which can be studied somewhat with system
thinking; but, like the scientific method can not study the mind or the
scientific method itself. System thinking can not study the mind system
except with reflection. This suggests that within a system there can be
a system within a system within a system within a system within a system
ad infinitum. Now creating systems is different from inheriting or finding or
discovering a SYSTEM or the exact map of a system. Sometimes a definition
of SYSTEM DYNAMICS is to setup a mode/model of a real system to test and
examine the changes as components of the system are varied. The Artificial
Future in the Futurlogics is this type of simulation taken to assumptive
lengths. Some times a computer model can be made to examine the
interrelations and flows between elements by simulation between the
system and the subsystems that can spawn from the elements. System
Thinking always maintains the original environment of field or subject of
the research. The Six cycles in futurlogics produce six subsystems called
'modes' which are part of the system of futurlogics. This is a 'virtuous
cycle', subsystem/mode, and finally a model that enables prediction and
extrapolations and interpolations. Thus prospective thinking takes system
thinking to the next level where time dynamics goes to the frontier of the
future and mind. Now three of the cycles are threaded together on time and
the other three are threaded together on principles and functions of
intelligence. Thus there are two subsystems resulting in 'truth' and insight
'light of enlightenment'. These two subsystems have a unifying thread of
mind and its internal realities. Thus Holistic thinking is a system of one
thread or component. This is DMP of Futurlogics.
Consciousness is the highlighting conduit or glowing conduit of awareness
and thought. (D)(M)(P) is (D)irect (M)ental (P)rocess is (D)irect (M)ind
(P)erception the Holistic combination of all the factional thoughts.
Therefore Futurlogics is a system of prospective thinking.
Why do we need systems thinking?
"A human being is part of the whole called by us "universe,"
a part limited in
time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts, and feelings as
something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal
desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to
free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace
all living creatures and the whole of nature in all of its beauty.
"The essential new quality implied by the quantum theory
is... that a system
cannot be analyzed into parts. This leads to the radically new notion of
unbroken wholeness of the entire universe. You cannot take it apart. For if
you do, what you end up with is not contained within the original whole. It
is created by the act of analysis."
--David Bohm - Wholeness and the Implicate Order
Why do we need a thinking system?
The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we
have done thus
far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level (of consciousness)
at which we have created them.... We shall require a substantially new manner
of thinking if humankind is to survive.
Thinking about thinking will be the most productive endeavor of
he codifies the principles of intelligence that improve thinking.
--james n. hall
Unless 'system thinking' is controlled with a 'thinking system'
there can be
volitive conflicts. Is man a system or a subsystem that is the question.
Perhaps man is a catalyst to change in our environment.
Some of these conflicts are mentioned in the chapter on the Synthetic Future.
Here re-quoted for your convenience is an excerpt:
The volitive restrictions found in the absolute mode take another
direction in the synthetic mode. Here we find another technique that
avoids the conflict by rewarding it to submission. The objective that
produces this future places us in the position of sacrificing our will to
gain our will. We commit ourselves to the operations of a plan to
create a future that the synthetic mode will generate. In other words,
we voluntarily limit the range of volition by saying that we are
concentrating our efforts and thoughts to the accomplishment of the
design. Commitment is the point where we assign our activities to the
plan that will make the achievement of our goals and objective real.
Civilization is a commitment. When we look to the future with
the synthetic mode, we will be confronted with a commitment. The
persons who work under this mode will be captured by the mode itself.
City dwellers will be more subject to the demands of civilization than
the rural farmer, who is practically independent, producing to meet
most of his own needs.
How does metacognition fit in with futurlogics?
J. H. Flavell promoted the word metacognition for 'thinking about
thinking.' The programming language of forth is a model of the type of
meta-action upon itself. Metacompiling it's own image after changing
itself by extending its own keywords has been a model for futurlogics
in some respects for the study of futurlogics. Java now (another
threaded interpretive language or TIL) can do some metacompilation
but can not extend its own keywords as forth does. Metacognition does
not imply an increase of intelligence itself as a result of reflective
thinking about thinking. Futurlogics proposes that our thinking language
is extended and 'new keywords' are added and 'metaextended' into a new
thinking kernel which can be 'metacompiled' into another kernel.
These new thinking kernels by which metacognition is possible may be
an increase in basic intelligence. To increase intelligence and
conscious awarenesses is the direction futurlogics is to go.
Futurlogics constructs a thinking system using metacognition,
metaphysics, metapsychology or all recursive and reflective mental process.
However using futurlogics as a method to stimulate thinking and awareness,
due the the abstract nature of the future is special and unique.
This is done through the six modes/models which are metaphors for this
method/model to reach DMP the ideal of self awareness of self consciousness.
After the new thinking kernel is acquired then perhaps new technique are
both required and used.
Why does the metaphor have such importance of late?
In the absence of words or language to describe the unknown
there must be substitutes used. Simply, metaphor is substituting one
story for another to produce a 'figure of speech' to convey meaning.
Therefore one of the tools of teaching and learning from different levels
is the metaphor. This can be due the the lack of words and language.
However once understanding is achieved the metaphor may no longer
be a tool of learning but becomes a clich'e and is trite. Study to
to expand learning into the unknown or the future can be started
or begun at either a metaphor or at a controversy judiciously selected.
Remembering that understanding should be the ultimate goal and metaphor
is only a tool.
Nevertheless, when the unknown is constantly approached, metaphors as a
tool to research and teach will always be found.
7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and
with all thy getting get understanding.
DMP is understanding. Here is a quote that suggests DMP.
"The fundamental difference in this new view of learning is
to see analogical thinking as the architecture and analytical thinking as
the engineering of our mind's view of the world. Thinking and learning
become a dynamic 'open' geometry" -- Buckminster Fuller
Perhaps DMP is that 'open' geometry of thinking and learning.
Can the futurlogics be used to deal with the unknown?
Futurlogics is a thinking system and thinking is by its nature
a method to deal with the unknown. The future is all that is unknown
but that is to be known at later time.
What does a list of predictive methods look like?
There is more than what is listed next but it is a start:
Trend Analysis: A Common Method Everyone Uses.
Trend extrapolation is one of the most commonly used ways to generate a
Growth curves may also be observed in social phenomena. For example, during
Basic trend extrapolation is an objective method. It relies on historical
Cyclical Pattern Analysis
Trend Synthesis: A Method to get overall effect of
more that one trend.
This is equivalent to a microview of futurlogical method/model.
Gathering data in a neutral fashion as with the 'white hat' , "Six
Thinking Hat" of Edward deBono, generally is associative to the notional
future or just related by either causal or resultant.
Spectrum Gradient :
Setting forth hierarchical relationship with a commonality.
Any objective that is separated by degrees or levels of severity or
level of intelligence.
Opening Curtains: Break out events or Break Through
Speculations and timing.
Example 'What if cancer is cured? Who is to lose from this discovery'
Anticipating technological break throughs.
Scenarios: Imaginative stories about the future
that have some drive or
passion. Essentially the Artificial future that are not based on
subconscious but conscious assumptions.
Denouements: Endings to complex prophecy
1 : The final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work
2 : The outcome of a complex sequence of events
Determining the causes and methods to produce an example of the future
that is bellwethered. or precursored.
Building vivid mental images and models of the future that will be
a motivating force to build or wait for the future envisioned.
Group futurlogics discussion as answered in this page. But currently seen
as a blind survey of the experts of future scenarios.
Part of the 'System Thinking' concepts of cycles virtual, vicious, balanced.
and their interactions.
Due to the confinement of the earth there will be this demarcation of
all forces and causes. (Unless religion brings in extra-earth concepts
such as heaven, after-life existence, resurrection, millennium. Global
government will oppose religion for this reason of breaking the
"natural confinement" of the earth. This opposition is a prediction
that is easy to 'see'.)
Computer Generated Models and Simulations:
Computer algorithm of the real to measure interactions.
Part of the Natural future or the observational mode extrapolations.
Technology Assessment :
Part of the Natural future or the observational mode quantifications.
Precursor or Bellwether Analysis:
Using leads or living examples to predict wider scale applications.
Risk Assessment :
Part of the Artificial future and the activity of Preparations.
Planning resource allocations. See activity of Planning in the futurlogics.
All other human activities that portend the future not named here.
I've read futurlogics but don't get it?!
Perhaps it is too simple that the main point is overlooked.
Futurlogics is so simple it is stunning. Look at it this way. You want
to study the unknown or the future (what is the difference?) you collect
your thoughts and pick a method of viewing or studying the future. When
this method becomes a praxis or mode of approach it begins to generate
metaphors of the unknown. We always use what we already are familiar to
describe the unknown. So it is with this frontier of language that we get
these figures of speech and allegorical references that the bible is so
replete. (They attempt to describe the spiritual with the temporal.) These
modes then produce the metaphors and parables to symbolize the future. Now
going to the other methods and modes and metaphors we get the balanced ideal
method and mode which is futurlogics. This the multi-threaded view of the
future or the unknown. The give and take and balance of all these will
prepare the mind to get the final touch of inspiration or feeling of the
reality of the future itself. This is the direct experience of DMP. You
know the rest. The things of the spirit are discerned by the spirit or the
spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophets. etc.
Some times it is helpful to give your subconscious time to put it
Let the power of self paced learning take hold of this and let it do its
job. It really works.
DMP is at the heart of futurlogics, can you give a quick
definition to help the process? Thanks it might help.
Everyday definition for the quick study is insight and intuition.
However insight with the system of futurlogics is (D)irect
Again intuition with the system of futurlogics is (D)irect
If insight and intuition did not exist in the mind there would be
or inventions or discoveries except by chance or trial and error.
The intent of futurlogics is to sharpen the natural tools of
intuition. Since futurlogics perfects the ability to work and use the
abstract percepts and concepts it will enable and facilitate intuition
and its faternal twin insight. Really what ever the mind does is part of
the mental operating system that futurlogics will reboot. That is using
the metaphor that the mind is a computer. Let me know if that is an aid
to letting the mind understand itself.
How does the right brain and left brain metaphor fit into futurlogics?
The concept of sides to brainess is usually modeled in this
The "left brain" is environmentally conditioned through
and society. It usually associate linear rational sequential thinking
with the analytical judgment. The scientific mind.
The "right brain" is almost part of the personality
makeup or even
the genetic part of mental life. It usually associates conceptual
intuitive and perceptual sensitive with synthetic creativity.
The artistic mind.
In futurlogics you could transform this metaphor of right
left brainess by assigning the "left brain" to modal thinking and
right brain to model thinking. But there has been a deliberate avoidance
of using the idea that the brain has a definite regions. If you want
(D)irect (M)ental (P)rocess could be defined as "left brain" thinking
likewise (D)irect (M)ind (P)erception could be defined as "right brain
thinking. How ever Holistic thinking is the end and beginning of
futurlogics; so, there is never such a association. If you do this
this should only be considered a temporary arrangement as the mind will
do it own organization if left to do so. However this model of right
left brainess is the beginning of parallel thinking and therefor is of
use. But in this analysis these two divisions will be overloaded metaphors.
(In some computer programming languages overloading of functions or methods
is useful when the parameters can be differentiated. See Java and Forth
as examples of this parameter overloading. But the differentiating of
parameters creates excessive overhead in some case where speed is required.)
If the metaphors are 'overloaded' there can be confusion and mental
overhead to be supported. As in Futurlogics and "Six Thinking Hats" of
Edward deBono more metaphors or modes can be of great use.
Therefore those who are visiting this futurlogics or "Six Thinking Hats"
from the right or the left brain be aware that this method is coarsely
granulated. Refinement could clarify this forced dichotomy. In the
Futurlogics there could be an infinite number of modes/models but there
is six general use modes/modes. If useful I am sure that Dr. deBono could
invent another hat also for special purposes. Anyway welcome right and
left brainers to FUTURLOGICS.
QUESTION: What is your educational background?
COMMENT: Why does educational and academic strength and
prowess mean so much to those who learn. Don't people have enough
ability to detect the truth without an authority figure to point the
the way. Who are the authorities of the doctorate level of academia?
In pioneering research degrees sometime get in the way and provide
too much educational inertia that prevents the flexible mind necessary
for creativity to probe the unknown. Is there a degree in prediction of
the future. I think not. But for the comfort of those threatened by
new ideas Self Teaching Publications provides a short ACADEMIC BIO for
james n. hall author of futurlogics.
ACADEMIC BIO of james n. hall
COMMENT BY James: from Futurlogics page 32:
In Futurlogics, all the learning approaches are needed: the positive, the negative, and the neutral approaches of the scientific methods. However, emphasis will be placed with the positive approach as it is under-played in present educational procedures. Favoring any single approach will cause a narrow view, but to counter-balance the existing trends, stressing the positive approach is necessary. By definition, the positive approach accepts all new knowledge equally with present knowledge. No restrictive of inhibitive effect is seen with present knowledge upon newly-learned ideas. The negative approach suggest that existing knowledge is best and new ideas are admitted only after passing a test. This certification by proof implies lesser value of the new, and sets up a block between the new and the old. The scientific method accepts nothing until it is certified by objective proof. Things not seen are not admitted to exist. Other methods or approaches which may be blends of the three name threads of thoughts; i.e. positive, negative, neutral are not treated as they will be found to be effectively positive, negative or neutral anyway. This rating is to define the acceptance of new knowledge relative to old knowledge.
It is suggested here the "Black Hat" is the "negative
approach" to learning
and the "Yellow Hat" is the "positive approach" to learning in the
Futurlogics. Which leave the additional "neutral approach" to learning.
vacant. It would seem that a "Hat" is missing in this metaphoric type.
I wonder if the "Brown Thinking Hat" could be the missing hat of scientific
thinking. Surely science and its approach to learning is distinct enough
to be a style of thought. This could be a seventh thinking hat. Making a
system of thinking called the "Seven Thinking Hats" for Ed deBono.
In futurlogics the scientific approach to learning is the "neutral approach"
to learning. It can be found in large successful businesses as the thought
laboratories of Research and Development. R&D is a mark of prosperity.
When a business is in failing posture R&D is the first to go as it downsizes.
What is metaphoric thinking?
When ever the unknown is searched or researched the tool of the
metaphor will be present. It is by the metaphor that we extend thought
and language. Futurlogics and "Six Thinking Hats" use metaphors to
approach the problem or future. However the ideal in Futurlogics is
be free of modes and develop models to synthesize thought. Models differ
from metaphor in the exactness and detail and dimension. With a metaphor
we say something is something else. Example 'she is a rose' and by this
meaning is conveyed. A model will always know that the model is a map
or a scale of the greater reality. Futurlogics starts with metaphor but
advances to the use of the ideal. Example 'the rose shadows in her beauty'.
What is creative thinking?
There are impossibilities and impossibilities. When one
undertakes to expose a false impossibility the effort will inspire the
mind to find ways to do the impossible. Nothing will elevate the mind
to do more than it has than to know that what was once impossible is now
assuredly possible. It takes a moment of insanity to learn new truths
that were once not even thought of or were thought to be "impossible."
Creative thinking will expose theses 'impossibilities' for what they
are and make possible the designs and plans of man. Look for the
controversial, metaphoric, and the impossible to begin the brain storm
and creativity will follow. Accept nothing as impossible at first and
more likely than not this will be self-fulfilling. This is why the
study of futurlogics will induce creativity as it is commonly accepted
that the future is impossible to forsee.
How can you handle Mass Data after a brain storm?
Borrowing some of the ideas from Scott Witts Chapter Eight on
'Wildcatting for Ideas and Solutions' in his book on "HOW TO BECOME TWICE
AS SMART". There is a method or model to dealing with this.
Given: Mass Data or Ideas.
First: Review why this information dump was taken.
Second: Presort and select out the ideas that fit the "purpose
the mass data" into the Good, Bad and the Ugly.
Third: Determine the root for the bad ideas to be bad.
Forth: Rate the Good Ideas on a 1 to 10 scale.
Fifth: Look for misplaced eggs in the Ugly category.
Are there Ugly Ducklings that will grow up to be Swans? "Paradoxes"
Are there Ugly Cygnets that will grow up to be Ducks? "Counterfeits"
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder check out those who see beauty
in some of the items or see the disputed ugly as to this catagory.
Sixth: Set up a followup session to review the Mass Data and
any afterthoughts--post idea gathering.
(How many meetings do these ideas miss but show up on the drive home)
Seventh: Summarize the findings and give long range overview.
Note in this age of information overhead and overload this should be a start.
What causes thinking?
What causes thinking about thinking or metacognition? That is an
even better question. But one answer is 'partial knowledge' causes thinking.
Immediately one might assume then that faith would squelch thinking as it is
seen by some as the training to accept 'partial knowledge' as the end rather
than the means to an end. Recognizing then what is partial knowledge is key
to thinking. A know-it-all personallity would follow as one not given to much
thinking. The opposite is know-nothing-for-sure philosopher whose technique
to stimulate thought is to not take anything for granted. Perhaps the
philosopher thinks too much with inadequate premise. Balance then comes to
mind here in a deliberation on the cause and productivity of thinking. Faith
is the ability to do the best with the least as is given in the futurlogics.
Less is more as my german grandma instructed me applys to the provocation of
thought. This age now of information overhead and overload tends to stun the
thought process with too much data. Thinking then will become the pursuit of
meaning and relevance. With this definition then faith will be a great
stimulus to thought and thought about thought. With futurlogics the future
when known in part can be provocative of thought;that is if one is not boggled
by the vastness of the Future. The divisions of the future in the futurlogics
then subdivide this vastness to sub-vastness where thought is provoked. To
narrow down even further an aspect of the future and prompt actions such as
preparation and planning or scheduling. Although high emotions cause action
generally of a temporary nature, safety and quiet following will cause much
thought. This then resolves into experience. Thinking is using existing
knowledge to leverage into greater knowledge that will promote the activities
relative to the future such as the planning and preparation. Also thinking
will fill in the missing pieces of history when no documentation or artifact
Humble people are great thinkers as they strive well with partial
and wellcome the realization that your are only getting the smallest peephole
of all there is to know. This will start the thought process.
Also those who have a extensive knowledge of metacognition will
very good thinkers as they know how to think better.
Is future thinking recursive?
The tools to think can be turned into themselves and applied to
thinking about the thinking itself. This is metacognition or (thinking
about thinking.) When a metaphor is developed it is using existing
thinking or knowledge to discribe the yet unknown. We can use accepted
known to describe the notional or intuitive hunch. A seed of the future
is the notional or hunch level of our cognizance of the future. When the
developing information from the seeds of the future produce an expanding
spiral or produce a vista, it is a model. When the developing information
from the seeds of the future produce a focusing and refining specification
of the future where the refined information is action enabled, it is
modal. If you are to look at the future in broad terms the first method
that produces a model is the best method. If you are to look at the future
in time and space with objectives or goals to fill agendas it is modal
prediction. When the broad picture is seen then deduction can refine and
define to the specificity needed for preparation and scheduling using this
deductive reasoning. When patches of the future are achieved, then these
collections of perspectives and be reasoned with by inductive techniques to
suppose the greater overall vision or vista of the future. Which of
these techniques is of greater accuracy is a matter of application and
intuition. These methodologies should assist each other under the
DMP holistic fashion or approach. Use both to look ahead according to
the dovetail of appropriateness.
What are the seeds of the future? DMP enables the acquisition of
and seeds sprout to greater views or intuitions. The metaphor of seed is
used to imply all the growth potential of new knowledge begeting new knowledge.
COMMENT: Metacognition is like future studies in that there is a
to handle abstract thought required for both studies. Futurlogics which is a
study of prospective thinking then is a specific application of metacognition
applied to dealing with the future or the concept of the future. The metaphoric
thinking systems such as "Six Thinking Hats" are devices to stimulate more
thought about thought. Since it is easier to handle the metaphors that the
pure abstraction of the direct thoughts on thoughts there is a degree of
concreteness to the thoughts. However as holistic thought or DMP is developed
then metacognition need not be so difficult but be a form of meditation.
What is logical oscillation?
This is best explained by a reference to examples. The first
given by next two sentences:
>> The following sentence is true.
>> The preceeding sentence is false.
Of note here is the next question: "what is a logical circulation?". It is
illustrated by the following sentences:
>> The third sentence is true.
>> The forth sentence is true.
>> The second sentence is false.
>> The first sentence is false.
Since there is not an external point of view. But the sentences deals with
each other by a mutuality it will oscillate, as to their mutual referencing.
Often a debate will have or use such an oscillation. For the PRO is given and
the CON is given and the observer of both sides of the controversy will judge
the strength of each. The convincing arguments of each is evaluated for
the given side. It is said that a third side position is the place of
Judge of the debate.
As with the two above exampled sentences the place of judgment is
at one time
with the first sentence then moves to the second sentence and then moves to
the first sentence in oscillation. In the "Six thinking Hats" the point of
judgment is the "Current Hat". And move to each Hat in it's turn and thus
the logic also changes with each "Hat". Since the current hat is the
point of judgment or in other words the point of reference. All the hats
create a logical circulation among the hats. The "Six Thinking Hats"
system then requires a judge or a moderator to reference a hat. All hats
cannot be worn at once therefore to evaluate the six dialogues of each hat
each hat needs to be looked at with a hatless position to get balance.
All this comes from analysis of the positions of "Hats".
oscillations or logical circulations require a synthesis of a "hat free
seminar" to conclude or finalize the non referencial logical wars between
the positions or "Hats" or modes.
In futurlogics the goal is DMP or the synthesis of all logics or modes to
models merge into a final place or holistic point of reference. The
direction of futurlogics is the final point or place of judgment. So no
meaningless oscillations occur. Now "logical oscillation" is a desirable
thing when the proliferation of thought for idea generation is the end.
Thus analysis is the goal when thought is needed to be generated. But
synthesis is the advantage when referencing a judgment is required.
Neither of the example sentences is true or false but are
elements of thought
without reality. So there are "true things" and there are "false things"
and there are "neither things" or things that are just in imagination and
cogitation. (Figments of imagination and thought.) A figment can be of
great import as they lead to the acknowledgement of truth and falsity.
2 Timothy 3:7
verse 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Spock needed Captain Kirk and the good Doctor "Bones"
and Scotty etc. to get
to the truth.
In a nut shell, 'Six Frames' is supposed to be a deliberate &
disciplined framework for one to think about information, from the
standpoint of purpose, accuracy, point of view, interest, value &
In practice the 'Six Frames' are perspectives, each
represented by a simple metaphoric icon : 'Triangle', 'Circle',
'Square', 'Heart', 'Diamond' & 'Slab' respectively.
Can Futurlogics be used to do this same assessment of information.?
Yes, but first Dr. de Bono is getting in closer to futurlogics
book he writes. Notice the six as his favorite number of mental
tricks or metaphors. The future is like the avalanche of information
we are experiencing with this information age and the driving force
of computer technology. You know that thinking will become more
important than information when the software is/becomes cloned to
everyone. Custom software will be either expensive or sold to all
very quickly. Therefore the difference will be the ability to out think
the competition, if free enterprise survives to be viable.
First mode of futurlogics is the retrospective mode of
Absolute Future. Here we find meaning and the genesis of all
information. Purpose is the inertia of history. But purpose is not
enough. We have to find our personal place and meaning in the
information coming from the past or out there.
first review or determine the history of the information cloud.
ongoing issue of information from the
“printing presses/computers/internet.” This the observational mode and is
the attempt to see the relevance of the information with respect to
the cloud. This is de Bono accuracy metaphor.
possibilities and missing data from the information
probe alternative information sources. This the imaginative mode and
model in action or the various “points of view.”
actionable information that hit the ground running, or
were the rubber meets the road. Risk and reward make the search here
interesting as de Bono has postulated. This is the assumptive mode or the
Judgment phase of futurlogics.
synthesize, synergize, reify, and as de Bono puts it value
the information. To plan ,prepare, engineer,
into the future and use the future to do more projection
into the future. Build a vision to the future here. This the prospective
mode/model of the futurlogics paradigm. De Bono calls this mode
outcome. This where de Bono is recreating futurlogics. He is
beginning to see the light and the spectrum of futurlogics method.
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