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LATERAL

Lateral Thinking is a straightforward, logical thinking process that must follow steps in order. This type of thinking requires that you follow a mode of thinking, one way or another, to end up in a new place.

Note, it is easy to get too focused on the specific task you are doing and miss otherwise obvious things due to your selective attention. 

September 7: Come up with at least 4 assumptions you have by thinking of things you believe to be not true. Then flip the assumptions around by thinking about what proof you would need to make those assumptions true. 

Submit a short summary of the 4 assumptions and your conclusion.

The first assumption I have is that the government does not have a cure for cancer or HIV/AIDS. Just thinking about it makes me believe it isn’t real. In my opinion, the government possesses the treatment for many diseases. The proof that my ideas are correct is that people with these life-threatening illnesses find a method to conquer the condition and continue to live a long and healthy life. Another thing I could have done to prove my assumptions was to put two individuals with the same disease, one affluent and one poor, in the same environment for a length of time and see who survive longer.

The second assumption I must think is incorrect is that the government is bankrupt and has very little money. What I’ve concluded is that the government has a lot of money, but they keep it under wraps and refuse to inform us because they want to spend it all on anything they want. One thing that might support my hypothesis is that the government has a lot of money to fund wars and manufacture a lot of firearms, which then wind up in the hands of the lower and middle classes, generating more s than we need. The next step I’d have to take to make this a reality is to figure out why there are so many people on the streets without a home or food when we could build more shelters and generate more jobs.

The third assumption that has occurred to me as not being true is that there are sufficient resources in the world for everyone. Every day, every second, a baby is born, resulting in an increase in our population. With new individuals entering the planet every day, there is a restricted quantity of resources accessible daily. Scarcity arises because there are never enough resources to fulfill all our wants and aspirations. One factor that might confirm my hypothesis is that shortly before COVID-19, many of the stores were vacant due to everyone buying their requirements and wishes. Another point that proves that resources are finite is the fact that we, the people, do not use them wisely. For instance, coal and oil cannot be reused or recycled, so using them as if there isn’t a tomorrow isn’t a smart idea because there will be a limited supply at some time.

The fourth item that I do not believe is fictitious is that sports games are played in real life. For example, I believe that sport games are planned out prior to the game commencing, so that they know who will be bringing home the trophy before they compete. Analytics, which everyone uses, is the proof I’d need to prove my assumptions correct. I believe they employ analytics to determine how and who will win the game. If they were just playing for pleasure, both teams would win, but in most games, the star teams and players come out on top. Furthermore, if they only played standard games, the audience and consumers would become bored and uninterested.