"Percepts and concepts interpenetrate and melt together, impregnate and fertilize each other. Neither, taken alone, knows reality in its completeness. We need them both, as we need both our legs to walk with." -- WilliamJames
Thinking out loud is the act of expressing in recoverable and external form new thoughts which you encourage your mind into exploring. Often these lead to new avenues of thought. When you think out loud you detect and explore ideas and concepts which are either unknown, or as yet unexplored. This exercise can be the first step in moving from a mental doldrums into new paths of exploration.
There are many different methods of ThinkingOutLoud:
Offering Thoughts for all to see - Let those around you hear what you're thinking and invite input on your thoughts. The effect of doing thinking out loud and publicly is that it will probably evoke opinions which either support, amplify or contradict and minimize. Some might say "I have a similar but different idea that is Perhaps Better" response, leading to interaction and Dialogue. Depending on the intrusiveness of feedback though, this may lead to a loss of your train of thought.
Solo brainstorming - Write down thoughts as they occur, where your are, when you think them. Whether at home, at work, during refreshment, while sitting on a park bench, while travelling (in waiting area, in your seat while travelling) If a thought comes to mind, record it. Perhaps not more than a short sentence or a series of concepts in a list. Just do it. In doing so, many sub-thoughts or branching thoughts occur. Write these down as branches and things to check out, If at a computer you might even make the branching thoughts into hyperlinks. The idea is that later you may develop the thought the branch suggests. One can come back at a later time and review the thoughts, adding or modifying, as I am just now doing to this page, having had additional time to think about what this thinking strategy is about.
"By the simple action of typing out an idea, tagging it with a couple of relevant words and attaching something to demonstrate your point, the idea is already better… because it’s OUT THERE! And the mere fact that you wondered what Suzy in Accounting or John in R&D might think made your idea better because you accounted for their perspectives"
Product Specialist Director JenEpting? KindlingIdeaManagement?
Make your thoughts words others can hear - Also known as RubberDucking. The act of expressing your idea in oral form can activate different parts of your brain. The simple act of rewording your idea into a form suitable for speech can often be enough to trigger further thought. You might even record thoughts as they occur in vocal form on cassette tape, or using one of the modern digital recorders no larger than a FountainPen?. In this way the vocalization becomes ThinkingOutLoud.
Use a public wiki - A suitable wiki may be a place where you can expose some of your ThinkingOutLoud. Taking the results of some thinking paths you have developed which show promise in development as ideas. Add some structure and organization so the thoughts are clear rather than confusing, being clearly understandable by someone else. In this case you become not just a thinker, but also a writer, utilizing such skills in presentation as you have to be clear and concise. Others will correct your mistakes, add to, subtract from and pursue additional lines of thought in the page you begin. Don't be afraid to indicate incomplete or tangential thoughts as WantedPages, or by adding hyperlinks to previously formed pages. Then others can use them to develop thoughts included in the hyperlink.
Sketch on a whiteboard - Expand your thinking (design, whatever) for all to see on the wall. Passersby will be drawn in to an examination of the idea and will offer suggestions, if they have any. You may incorporate the best of the new ideas as they are presented to you.
By doing so, one can share the results of the learning of a lifetime with others, and in ThinkingOutLoud, thoughts become available for another who may gain something, share an insight, improve and better themselves, and in the process make the world somewhat better as a result.
Thoughts are not like apples, if you give them all away, you have nothing, it is more like making a PhotoCopy, or singing or performing before an audience.
In sharing you become personally enriched, especially if your thought are received and result in improvements to yours and others mental processes.
In doing so the world may indeed discover a new PerformingArt called ThinkingOutLoud.
It can be a way of keeping up with the rapidly changing world of computing, by creating Pages with a MeaningfulName which captures what the new technology or wave of interest is about. Later you can come back and flesh out the page with information that FillsInTheBlanks?.
When you are ThinkingOutLoud you expose vulnerabilities and a measure of your intelligence, knowledge and something of the processes of your mind. You may not want to do this.
You may wish to project an image which portrays you as authoritative, secure, knowledgeable and certain. ThinkingOutLoud is not the best avenue to do this.
Others may criticize and make light of your thoughts and if you think of criticism as tearing down, it may be devestating to be found ThinkingOutLoud. If on the other hand you see CriticsAreYourBestFriends, you may find that your thinking is improved by realizing that Critics have chosen to be found ThinkingOutLoud with you.
ThinkingOutLoud should be used carefully on this site.
Your thoughts should be those with which the WikiReaders and potential collaborators on this site can relate to and should include some framework for others participation.
ThinkingOutLoud a means of making your thoughts, as expressions, OpenIdeas?
When thinking in this manner, in an open forum, and when your ideas contains new paradigms, it is a voluntary exercise, and may make the general intent of those ideas a donation of your thinking as Ideas, open, to be freely picked up, and used by anyone! See: IsItReallyNew
InteractiveThinking?"Success in a networked society will require not just new skills and new knowledge, but new ways of thinking. Rather than seeing the world as a clockwork mechanism, people will need to think in more ecological terms, recognizing the importance of adaptation and improvisation, and understanding how patterns can arise from many simple, local interactions."
Intuition strikes me as a concept we use to describe emotional reactions, gut feelings - thoughts and impressions that don't seem entirely rational. But I think that what goes on in that first two seconds is perfectly rational. It's thinking - it's just thinking that moves a little faster and operates a little more mysteriously than the kind of deliberate, conscious decision-making that we usually associate with "thinking".
a creative process for establishing the possibility of viable system concepts and technologies by, first reaching a shared understanding of a problem situation and desired futures and then nominating solution architectures
It is a way of recording Your WrittenConversation? and ExpressionOfUnderstanding? in a group or team collaborative environment. The FederatedWiki is a perfect tool for such expressions. Since you can utilize LinkingWords? within it which can be out-of the box namings like
[[ what-you-want-to-call-it long.or.short including numeric tokens like 1305020451 ]]
Expressions made in this paradigm can be instant reactions which one may, as the say in Congress, " ReviseAndExtend? ".
Since this kind of thinking is meant to be transitory and not necessarily formative, ideas and notions can be " bounced off the wall " or " run up the flag pole " to elicit responses, reactions and elaborations.