am 4. Februar 1998
If you're interested in learning what the brain does without having to memorize lists of neurotransmitters and sections of neo-cortex, this is the book for you. De Bono is a genius at making a complex subject completely accessible to the average reader. For example, he avoids involved anatomical terminology altogether by using the metaphor of an octopus in place of a neuron. Learning how the brain works by imagining a beach full of glowing, smelly octopuses is a more efficient mnemonic device than a dry, "scientific" treatment. The rest of the book addresses the problems we humans have in trying to deal with everything "logically" without real logical tools, and thinking that everything can be "solved" through language, analysis, and confrontation. My way of thinking was enriched by De Bono's introduction of paradox, humor, and intuition to provoke creative thinking. And he takes on more than a few of philosophy's sacred cows while he's at it. The idea of "catchment" as a model of our automatic compartmentalization of new data is alone worth the price of the book.
am 29. Januar 2000
Perhaps I have read too many book dealing with similar topics but I found this book "underwhelming". This book lacks substance; focusing more on pseudo-academic referencing and plugs for the author's other books, workshops, and CDs. Perhaps if he were truly blazing new ground this might be acceptable. Unfortunately much of the information is "old hat" if you have read the far superior "How real is real?" by Paul Warzlawick, "Quantum Consciousness" by Stephen Wholinsky, or even the works of Robert Anton Wilson (Fiction or Non-Fiction). That said, the best part of the book, in my opinion, was his explorations and anecdotes about humor. In the end, unless you are a nut for this subject or looking for a second tier reference I would try other books. I freely admit that I have not read Edward De Bono's other works and would still consider reading them after a good browsing to make sure they do not resemble this book. Sorry Edward; nice concept but poor execution.
am 15. August 1999
After reading a number of books on critical thinking, this book came along at the right time. The author shows the importance of the kind of thinking that generates new ideas. And, while these new ideas are subject to critical thinking, it takes a very different kind of thinking to create them.
I was disappointed with the relative lack of tools to use in what the author refers to as "lateral thinking." While the tools were not the subject of this book, I believe the author could have included a number of the tools he uses and teaches. (I felt as if the author chose to omit the tools just so that readers would need to buy one of his other books to get that information.)
A worthwhile read.