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Edward de Bono’s Lateral Thinking Course

ANOTHER OF those nothing-ventured, nothing-won Sunday morning fillers, with top 70s/80s annoying old bugger De Bono showing us how to “maximise your brain” by using it to think up things no-one else would. Whether these things were of any use to anyone was beside the point – lateralness was all. Example: the “invention” test – take two unrelated things, such as a camera and a tile, and combine them into a new invention (a camera that takes four pictures at once, like tiles). It was pointed out that this was fucking useless.



  1. THX 1139

    July 24, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Ed’s still alive! And still peddling his Six Thinking Hats theory, a bit like Worzel Gummidge and his different heads. He does sound like a bit of a nutter, e.g. blaming lack of dietary zinc for the conflict in the Middle East.

    I suppose these days he would be called a “so-called” expert.

  2. Droogie

    July 25, 2020 at 1:09 am

    I remember this bonkers show as a kid! They played it in the HTV West region very early in the morning during the School Holidays before the fun stuff like the cartoons started. As a creative person myself, I’ve always wanted to get my head around Lateral Thinking. But beyond a few fascinating brain puzzles ( like the short guy taking the lift who always gets off a floor early, or the icicle used as a murder weapon In a sauna) It never really served any purpose. De Bono was taking the piss with follow up books like 6 Thinking Hats and thinking bollocks like Blue Hat thinking was ever going to be taken seriously

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