Teach Yourself to Think by Edward De Bono


Teach Yourself to Think by Edward De Bono

Author:Edward De Bono
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780241336908
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: 2017-07-13T04:00:00+00:00


Three Levels of Possibility

We need to be clear about three different levels of possibility. It is when we confuse these levels that we get into trouble. The three levels are:

Possibility

Fantasy

Provocation.

Imagine that you are standing on the top of a burning building. Consider three levels of possibility.

It is possible that the fire-engines are on the way. It is possible that you might be rescued by ladder or even by helicopter.

It is a fantasy to believe that Superman will swoop out of the sky to rescue you or that someone will sprinkle fairy dust on you and enable you to fly to safety.

It is a provocation to say ‘Po the building might melt down and deposit you on the ground.’ The point about a provocation is that you do not believe it at all but merely use it to move forward to a practical idea – are there any parts of the building which might collapse gradually?



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