Part 3: da Vincian Principle of Demonstration
To begin a life of evaluation of ideas I use a technique by Edward de Bono called the PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting). If there’s an idea to evaluate, I figure what’s a good, bad and interesting about the idea. Even better is to come up with several good, bad and interesting points about the concept. This simple technique forces a 3 dimensional look at the idea and it forces you to look past your own opinion.
Idea: All clothing should be white.
Plus: no longer need to decide what color you want, retailers could carry less stock and therefore less lease space, clothes would just be clothes,
Minus: boring, difficult to recognize your clothing when you take off a sweater or jacket, easier to steal, tougher on missing persons to describe what a person was wearing, restriction of your freedom to choose, negative on clothing companies & fashion designers
Interesting: interesting to see if different shades of white arose, if attitudes towards clothing changed, if it is even enforceable, how it affects fashion.
Ok, that was a simple example. Yet, developing the discipline of examining any idea by using the above example before developing your opinion helps you to own your opinions and beliefs. It was helps you empathize with those who have differing opinions than you.