Elements of thought
Elements of thought
Facts, data, evidence, or experiences we need to know about the topic
The information you use should be accurate and relevant to the question.
Questions which target information
What information do I need to answer this question?
What data are relevant to this problem?
Goal or objective that we are trying to accomplish.Functions, motives and intentions. Purpose must me justificable
Questions which target purpose
What is your, my, their purpose in doing
What is the objective of this assignment (task, job, experiment, policy, strategy, etc.)?
Implications and consequences
Implications are claims or truths that logically follow from other claims or truths. Implications follow from thoughts. Consequences follow from actions and they can be positive or negative.
Questions you can ask about implications
If I decide to do “X”, what things might happen?
If I decide not to do “X”, what things might happen?
Interpretation and Inference
Inferences are conclusions you come to. Inferring is what the mind does in figuring something out.
Inferences should logically follow from the evidence.
Questions to check your inferences
What conclusions am I coming to?
Is my inference logical?
Question at issue
Lays out the problem or issue and
guides our thinking. Questions must be clear
Questions which target the question
What is the question I am trying to answer?
What important questions are embedded in the issue?
Concepts are ideas, theories, laws, principles, or hypotheses we use in thinking to make sense of things.
Questions you can ask about concepts
What idea am I using in my thinking? Is this idea causing problems for me or for others?
I think this is a good theory, but could you explain it more fully?
Assumptions are beliefs you take for granted. They usually operate at the subconscious or unconscious level of thought.
Questions you can ask about assumptions
What am I assuming or taking for granted?
Am I assuming something I shouldn’t?
Point of view
Your own opinion.
Point of view is “the place” from which you
view something. It includes what you are looking at and the way you are seeing it.
Here we have some questions to check your point of view.
How am I looking at this situation? Is there another way to look at it that I should consider?
What exactly am I focused on? And how am I seeing it?