Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Philosophical Tools

I've identified twelve practical philosophical tools that I use in all sorts of situations; from the theological to the conversational. They are listed in no particular order and if anyone knows of others I'd be interested to hear about them.
  • local context
  • seeing the big picture first
  • breaking something into small steps
  • 'Reverse Engineering'
  • Occam's razor
  • batching similar tasks together
  • pattern recognition
  • the past-history of something
  • links/connections between things
  • Law-of-non contradiction
  • "the cover is better then the book"
  • "If the sequel sucks then the creator of the original was a one-hit wonder."