How to be insightful

Provides a novel framework and a structure for generating insight.

Introduction

The Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman is fond of remarking that: “Thinking is to humans as swimming is to cats; they can do it, but they prefer not to.” While we’re the smartest species on the planet, each of us in possession of the most powerfu – Kahneman’s opposite number at Harvard, Steve Pinker, suggests that we actually lack the cognitive power to understand the workings of the brain.