Top 6 Social Biases that Block Creative and Critical Thinking

Feb 1 / Kelly-Ann Denton

Blind Thinking is the cognitive mechanism by which we choose, sometimes consciously, but mostly not, to remain unseeing in situations where we could know, and should know, but won’t know because we are not looking. 
How could I have been so blind? A question most of us have asked ourselves more than once.

The fact is we can’t notice or know everything: the cognitive limits of our brain simply won’t let us. That means we have to filter or edit what we take in. We employ Selective Attention to see what we want to see and filter everything we don't want to see out.


Blindness and bias

"Our blindness grows out of the small, daily decisions that we make, which embed us more snugly inside our affirming thoughts and values. And what’s most frightening about this process is that as we see less and less, we feel more comfort and greater certainty. We think we see more — even as the landscape shrinks"
Neurologist Robert Burton, who studies the biological basis of bias.

There are a lot of mechanisms we use as navigation throughout our week that help us practice wilful blindness. There are plenty of benefits for doing so too.
This is a natural tendency of the socialised humans that we’ve become and we shouldn’t take it personally. It does benefit us more however to be aware of our limited thinking so that we can be more imaginative.

The 5 top Social Biases that blind our potential to be better critical and creative thinkeRS.
•  Group Think • The Availability Cascade • The Bandwagon Effect  • Motivated Reasoning • Rationalisation and of course, The Blind Spot Bias - all suffocate our creative potential.

Is there a treatment? Is it creative? Yes and yes! If we don’t know how to release our grip on “being right” or we are never shown how to become flexible thinkers.....well, it’s almost impossible to evolve beyond wilful blindness.

This is why treating Blind Thinking is the second part of what we teach in the imagination process. 

We call it V2_Blind Thinking and it is part of the The V Series; a series of short courses for Teachers to both develop their own skills and use that knowledge to help their students grow.

What makes us different

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The V (visual) series of courses are part of a cluster of imagination/visual learning disciplines that form a turning point in imagination training. 
V2_Blind Thinking – Seeing the Blocks to Imagination is a super fun and creative way to learn about our blinkers and the blindspots.
V1 to V4 follow on from each other in order to build on skills as participants journey through the imagination learning process.
These thinking processes directly affect our ability to be better critical thinkers and absolutely inhibit our ability to be imaginative and therefore more creative.

The Visual School

The V Series equips teachers and imagination seekers with the knowledge and skills to inspire students and explore their own imagination. Visual skills help us to see more possibilities.

Steiner School

The S Series are Steiner programs that support teachers to grow their own and their students’ imaginations and skills that facilitate the development of ethical & sustainable living environments.

National Art School

The Visual Mind and The Imagination is a 6 week program run via Zoom at the National Art School.  Alumni can continue to develop their concepts and creations via this portal after graduating from NAS.

Guest Speaking conducts 90min Blasts that provide schools, universities and workplaces broad knowledge on the development of critical and creative thinking skills. We can also be booked to your brief.