“If you never change your mind, why have one?’
Edward de Bono
Lateral thinking (Google definition)
The solving of problems by an indirect and creative approach, typically through viewing the problem in a new and unusual light.
Why is Lateral Thinking so important to the Caesar Rising series?
“Evan”, (not his real name) is a real-life American hero and a household name. The reason we met is that I was approached because he was aware of my Lateral Thinking skills and also of my fondness for the UFO/alien phenomenon. Evan presented me with a “theoretical” set of circumstances and asked that I apply my Lateral Thinking skills to the questions they raised.
The essence of Roswell events, as they were told to me, and also how they impacted upon me, have been recreated with artistic license in Roswell’s Final Witness. I have attempted to replicate the unfolding of details and revelations so that the discovery process that I personally experienced is replicated.
Extensive use of Lateral Thinking.
More than just inviting you along for the ride of the Lateral Thinking discovery process, I pause the flow of the story five times in order to “educate” the reader of the particular Lateral Thinking elements being employed. If you have ever wanted to master Lateral Thinking, this series is the most powerful education ever produced.
Roswell’s Final Witness – First novel of the series.
Deeper levels of understanding from the author interwoven throughout “Roswell’s Final Witness” have been created to help the reader to consolidate the substantial revelations, extrapolate the scientific, religious and philosophical implications, and understand the unique reasoning processes. I will teach you the fundamentals of Lateral Thinking as we smash the shackles of what you have learned, what you have believed, and what you have assumed.
In the first novel of the Caesar Rising series, Roswell’s Final Witness, I use lateral thinking skills and exercises to develop a relationship with the reader to unlock new frontiers in scientific theory and religious understanding. I also revisit some old conspiracies with new real solutions.
You will learn and apply the skills of Lateral Thinking as we delve into the truth about alien contact at Roswell and the incredible unintended consequences of alien contact with Earth.
When I met Roswell’s final witness (yes, he is a real person), it was not a chance meeting. “Evan” knew of my lateral thinking expertise and asked me to apply my skills to a “theoretical problem”. The “story” he told me, and the lateral thinking conclusions I thereby discovered, are so incredible, so frightening, and so correct, I had no choice but to tell the world.
“Evan” is a world-famous American hero who has asked to remain anonymous. He told me that as a 17-year-old Air Force Cadet, he was based at the Roswell Army Airfield with the 509th Bombardment Group Very Heavy. He claimed that he never visited the “official” Roswell alien crash site, but instead was assigned duty patrolling the road a couple of miles north. The official crash site contained a small amount of debris from the tail of a spacecraft. Evan found the rest. He was the last surviving witness to the encounter with aliens . . . it has been my privilege to have known him, and to be part of this journey I’ve undertaken . . . TO SAVE THE WORLD.
Five Lateral Thinking exercises are contained within the first novel. They will help you understand my journey, and my time, with Roswell’s Final Witness. I’ve expanded upon these Lateral Thinking exercises here on this website. Use the drop-downs above, or click the links below.
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Additional pages on the topic of Lateral Thinking.
Learn Lateral Thinking for FREE Take a look at Michael Muxworthy’s totally free, nothing to buy, lateral thinking training page. Small steps, a day at a time, that will empower you with the skills and advantages that come from being a competent lateral thinker.
Blinkered thinking Try your skills at this puzzle that has been designed to help you realize that your education, experience, and assumptions are all working against you when it comes to seeing the TRUTH.
Logical, but not obvious Try making sense of this scenario. It will demonstrate that logical solutions are NOT always obvious at first, but, when the circumstances are known, when you view the situation from a different perspective, then, they seem logical . . . even obvious.
Random starting points Meeting “Evan” was my unexpected “random starting point”. To help you understand the significance and importance of that meeting, I’ll demonstrate the use of a random starting point in the solving of a problem. It’s a skill well worth learning.
Jigsaw – If the pieces fit . . . I remember some skit on TV many years ago, and some people were pretending to admire a piece of art. Their comments were educated, artistically grammared . . . and BULLSHIT. A very upset artist comes over and takes the painting and turns it upside down . . . it was only a seascape, but viewed upside down, it seemed like some sort of futuristic universe. The picture I put together in Roswell’s Final Witness is merely existing pieces put together in a way I could never have imagined a few years ago. Take a look at the page link and you’ll get a better idea.
Backwards planning We’re about to face Armageddon. The aliens that crashed at Roswell communicated to witnesses that this is the reason knowledge of advanced alien species must never be known. There is a solution to Armageddon, one that we as a species must implement ourselves without outside help. The solution has been left on Earth for us to find at EXACTLY the time that we need it. Using backwards planning, it clearly points to the cause of Armageddon. Start with the solution and work backwards. Click the link or the drop-down menu to learn more.
If you are a capable Lateral Thinker, Please contact me!
I have done my utmost to “interpret” the alien telepathic imagery of 70 years ago described to me by the last surviving witness to the Roswell encounter. I think I nailed it. Before the book goes to publication, I’d appreciate the opportunity to have my conclusions/assumptions/projections considered and critiqued by someone highly skilled and knowledgeable in the field of Lateral Thinking.
Are you that very, very rare person?
“We should NEVER have trusted the aliens”
Edward de Bono – Lateral Thinking Pioneer
Through the application of reasoning that isn’t obvious, lateral thinking solves problems with a creative/indirect approach. Edward de Bono first coined the phrase back in 1967. He cites the “Judgement of Solomon” where a dispute over a child sees Solomon proclaim that the child be cut in half to see how the claimants reacted as a very early example of lateral thinking.
Edward de Bono has identified four different types of thinking tools:
- Tools for generating ideas intended to break blinkered thinking patterns;
- Tools of focus to broaden where we search for creative ideas;
- Tools of harvest that strive for greater value from idea generating output; and
- Tools of treatment for the consideration of real-life constraints.
- Random Starting or Entry Points
- For example, De Bono cites the randomly-chosen word “nose” being applied to an office photocopier. The copier could produce a particular smell when it was low on paper.
- Provocation Idea Generating Tool
- The most famous example of this was when Edward de Bono considered a polluting factory to be downstream of itself. It would then need to use its own polluted water, which has now become law in some countries.
- Challenge of Thinking Generating Tool
- A de Bono tool which is designed to ask the question “Why?” Why does something exist? Why is something done that way? Everything is able to be challenged. For example, the handles on coffee cups: The reason for the handle seems to be that the cup is often too hot to hold directly; perhaps coffee cups could be made with insulated finger grips, or there could be separate coffee-cup holders similar to beer holders.
- Expanding Concept Fan Generating Tool
- This tool expands (like a fan) the range and number of concepts in order to broaden the range of possibilities.
- Based on the idea that the majority is always wrong (Henrik Ibsen). Take anything that is obvious and generally accepted, question it, take an opposite view, and try to convincingly disprove it. This technique is identical to Edward de Bono’s “Black Hat” which looks at identifying reasons to be cautious or conservative.
Lateral thinking will often produce solutions whereby the problem appears as
Solutions derived by lateral thinking are often “obvious” in hindsight.