Ways of Thinking:

Convergent and Divergent

When it comes to Critical Thinking and trying to see reality, there are two important ways of thinking about the world around us.  Complementing each other, they both are important and useful in problem solving and our ongoing quest for valid understandings

Convergent Thinking: thinking that brings together information focused on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution).

This is probably the most familiar sort of thinking.  It takes various bits of information and uses them to arrive at a single answer.

Multiple choice questions have various possible answers, only one of which is the correct answer.


Divergent Thinking: tthinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity

Where convergent thinking begins with multiple bits of information and brings them together for a single solution, divergent thinking begins with a single bit of information and moves away from it toward multiple possible solutions.


Think of how many things you could do with a glass of water.


Remember this old puzzle?  Connect all these dots with just four lines and without lifting the pen, or pencil off the page.

Did you know there are two solutions?  Here they are.




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