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Andy McIntosh, Emeritus Chair in Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory, University of Leeds, answers the question "What is abstract thinking?" related to his talk "Science, Mathematics, and Beauty" given at the 2016 European Leadership Forum. - See more at www.FOCLonline.org FOCLID 7664_1
How do you go from a concrete object like a basketball to an abstract idea like a circle? Why do you see the one and think about the other? What makes this kind of thing useful? Abstract thinking allows us to identify patterns and see common features. Once we abstract away the differences, we can group the similarities to come up with a new idea all its own. In just a few spare minutes, let's take a tour of the skills involved in this thought process and consider some practical applications. Text + video version: http://www.nativlang.com/logic/thinking-abstract.php Music by nativlang
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Getting smart - abstract thinking part 1. The way of thinking abstract. This can be fun if you do it. This video is brought to you by http://www.slackhax.com
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Abstract thinking separates us from other forms of life, and it's a handy skill to possess. Abstract thinking is at the heart of technology, art, and much of the observable achievements of mankind. But the concept of abstraction is to throw away what is real and observable, and replace it with a conceptual representation. Unfortunately, abstract thinking has caused us to create and live in a virtual reality world, far removed from "this" (present moment reality). Awareness is the only tool you have to see through these abstractions for what they are: manufactured mental constructs that can keep you from being present.
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