Theory of Successful Thinking

A reader wrote…

“I am amazed that you successfully solved (at least in majority of the cases) every problem or sub problem you have tackled in Ramayana and Mahabharata, specifically of astronomy evidence.

What is your secret?  What method and approach do you use to identify and solve these issues?

Just now, finished reading both your books. They are ‘a treasure’ to keep and re-read.  Thank you.”

My Response…

I have quoted below, a passage from ‘Unended Quest’ and it should answer our reader’s question. This is my favorite passage and I may frame it and place it in my study where I can read it every day.

As to one of the ingredient of success, i.e. ‘not being anticipated’, I will write another short blog article demonstrating it via an illustration and evidence.

[emphasis mine]

“I think that the demand for a theory of successful thinking  cannot be satisfied, and that it is not the same as the demand for  a theory of creative thinking. Success depends on many things— for example on luck. It may depend on meeting with a promising  problem.

It depends on not being anticipated.

It depends on  such things as a fortunate division of one’s time between trying  to keep up-to-date and concentrating on working out one’s own  ideas.   But it seems to me that what is essential to “creative” or  “inventive” thinking is a combination of intense interest in some  problem (and thus a readiness to try again and again) with  highly critical thinking; with a readiness to attack even those  presuppositions which for less critical thought determine the  limits of the range from which trials (conjectures) are selected;  with an imaginative freedom that allows us to see so far  unsuspected sources of error: possible prejudices in need of  critical examination.

-Karl Popper (Unended Quest)


2 thoughts on “Theory of Successful Thinking

    • It is ok.

      This remains the simple yet most profound statement by Sir Karl Popper. Of course I am bit biased towards it. This is because this remains my experience. As close to divine experience as it gets.


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