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What is lateral thinking, the concept invented by Edward de Bono, a Maltese physician and philosopher who has just died

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There are different ways to solve problems.

How do you solve the following dilemma? In certain trades, an employee needs a license to be able to perform a job, but the condition for obtaining the license is that he or she has done a job in that field first.

This is the style of questions that defy logic and that to answer them is not enough to face them with a merely critical thought.

That’s where lateral thinking comes in, a concept originated by the Maltese physician, inventor, philosopher and author. Edward de Bono, who died on June 9.

De Bono wrote more than 60 books and gave seminars in which he presented his heterodox ideas with the intention, he said, of freeing us from the tyranny of logic through creative thinking.

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