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Building capacity for cultivation of extraordinary intelligence in individuals and groups ● Toolkit for progressive cutting-edge methods and frameworks of thinking ● Intense workout for the intellect: disciplined yet open-ended
'Each of us is a whole world created by our imagination. In the School of Thinking, the process of creating this unique world becomes conscious, harmonious and free. We rediscover ourselves!'

Gella Dybman, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020)

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T12:03:47+00:00

Gella Dybman, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020)

'Each of us is a whole world created by our imagination. In the School of Thinking, the process of creating this unique world becomes conscious, harmonious and free. We rediscover ourselves!'
'To think out of the box will require to rethink the box as well!'

Jean Paul Van Bendegem

Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Instructor at the School of Thinking, mathematician, philosopher of science, VUB professor

School of Thinking
2019-05-30T14:01:25+00:00

Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Instructor at the School of Thinking, mathematician, philosopher of science, VUB professor

Jean Paul Van Bendegem
'To think out of the box will require to rethink the box as well!'

'The School of Thinking is just what you need to hone your skills in dealing with complex, multidisciplinary problems. This postgraduate teaches you the "Four Cs", the most important skills required for 21st century education: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. Effective thinking is the most critical skill of all, yet you cannot study it anywhere. The School of Thinking finally fills that gap!'


Francis Heylighen

Francis Heylighen, Instructor at the School of Thinking,  VUB Professor, Director of the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

School of Thinking
2019-05-28T15:25:24+00:00

Francis Heylighen, Instructor at the School of Thinking,  VUB Professor, Director of the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

Francis Heylighen
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'What an inspiring and refreshing experience, this Postgraduate. The joy of being a student again, the miracle of meeting so many like-minded people and the bittersweet frustration of not having enough time to read all you want to read about the subjects!'

Lies Poignie, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Publisher at Academia Press

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T16:37:58+00:00

Lies Poignie, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Publisher at Academia Press

'What an inspiring and refreshing experience, this Postgraduate. The joy of being a student again, the miracle of meeting so many like-minded people and the bittersweet frustration of not having enough time to read all you want to read about the subjects!'
'The School of Thinking is exactly how I expected it to be: nothing like I thought it would be and more!'

Tom Van Damme, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Senior Manager at TomTom

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T12:50:22+00:00

Tom Van Damme, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Senior Manager at TomTom

'The School of Thinking is exactly how I expected it to be: nothing like I thought it would be and more!'

'A Post-Graduate School of Thinking to bolster extraordinary intelligence! Practice in embodied thinking, systems thinking, game playing, complexity, individual and collaborative thinking! What a great and timely idea! I wish I’d had such a curriculum instead of having to cobble together my own exploration of these topics. So take advantage of this curriculum if you can: it’s an unparalleled opportunity that will prepare you for anything you ever want to achieve!'


Robert Root-Bernstein
School of Thinking
2019-05-28T15:15:36+00:00
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'The School of Thinking provides a unique way to integrate information, tools, data, techniques, perspectives, concepts and theories from multiple disciplines to emphasize on fundamental understanding of how thinking processes are involved in every part of life. A multi-creative, sometimes confrontational but must-experience approach, a brainiac adventure and an eyeopener.'

Gys Godderis

Gys Godderis, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Founder of Planet Polaris - Clever & Cool

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T12:31:11+00:00

Gys Godderis, Student at the School of Thinking (Year Alpha 2019-2020), Founder of Planet Polaris - Clever & Cool

Gys Godderis
'The School of Thinking provides a unique way to integrate information, tools, data, techniques, perspectives, concepts and theories from multiple disciplines to emphasize on fundamental understanding of how thinking processes are involved in every part of life. A multi-creative, sometimes confrontational but must-experience approach, a brainiac adventure and an eyeopener.'
'We have been waiting for a School in which thinking again becomes a challenge, a commitment, an adventure, a responsibility. It's here, it's SoT.'

Karin Verelst

Karin Verelst, Instructor at the School of Thinking VUB, Researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

School of Thinking
2020-01-27T13:00:37+00:00

Karin Verelst, Instructor at the School of Thinking VUB, Researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies VUB

Karin Verelst
'We have been waiting for a School in which thinking again becomes a challenge, a commitment, an adventure, a responsibility. It's here, it's SoT.'
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Game thinking – Feedback letter

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Response letter to student assignments   Dear students, thinkers, players I would like first to express my appreciation for the effort and enthusiasm you have…

CLEA Seminar: Jan De Maeyer, 23.04.2020

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The Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) invites you to the next open seminar of the 2019-2020 series, taught by a student of our School of Thinking.…

Game Thinking

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Getting Serious about Playful Thinking   “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been…

Design Thinking and Research

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Dear participants, I am addressing you as your guide in the session on design thinking and research (April 2, 2020). I thank you in advance…

Systems Thinking

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Dear Students of the Postgraduate School of Thinking, In 2017, the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation…

Ethical Thinking – Feedback Letter

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Dear thinkers, Thank you for making last Thursday a day to remember – with your unrelenting inquisitiveness, sharp focus and critical investigative spirit. You are…

Dialectical Thinking – Feedback Letter

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Dear Historical Forms of Consciousness, I first want to thank you all for your time and attention, and repeat how grateful and humble I am…

CLEA Seminar: Geert Van Damme, 6.03.2020

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The Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) invites you to the next open seminar of the 2019-2020 series, taught by a student of our School of Thinking.…

Complexity Thinking

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Dear Members of the Postgraduate School of Thinking And fellow life-long learners, how else to address the common desire to forward the process, interactions and…

Year Iota (2020/21): Applications are open

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We are now accepting applications for the second edition of the School of Thinking - regular track (‘Year Iota’ 2020/21). The application letters are reviewed…

Ethical Thinking

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Dear thinkers, In a month from now, we’ll get together to dive into ethical thinking. Ethics of course rings a familiar bell to you. You…

Dialectical Thinking

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Dearest Historical Forms of Consciousness, I am beyond excited to be introducing the concept of dialectical thinking.  Dialectical thinking is a form of thinking that…

Co-thinking – Feedback Letter

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Dear Students of the School of Thinking, Thank you for time we’ve spent together. In addition to what my colleagues have shared earlier, I’ve found…

Critical Thinking – Feedback Letter

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Dear SoThinkers, Now that the end of the year nears, our first semester of the School of Thinking draws to a close, and the darkest…

Extended Mind – Feedback Letter

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Dear Extended Thinkers, It was a pleasure for me to share techniques to think with more space, more structure, and more clarity. To go further…

Beautiful Minds

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Beautiful minds is the name I have chosen for a course that aims to approach thinking not via a prescribed  theory, method or discipline but…

Divergent and lateral thinking – Feedback letter

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Dear Thinkers, First of all, let me express my deep satisfaction with our meeting. I enjoyed it very much, mostly because of the fantastic atmosphere…

CLEA Seminar: Luis Schoeberl, 29.11.2019

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The Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) invites you to the next open seminar of the 2019-2020 series, taught by a student of our School of Thinking.…

Co-thinking

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Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. L. Cohen…

Extended Mind

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Dear extending thinkers, Nobody doubts that we can dig faster with a shovel than with our naked hands, see further with binoculars than with our…

Divergent and lateral thinking

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Dear Students of the Postgraduate School of Thinking, We will meet on Friday, November 15th, 2019, to discuss divergent and lateral thinking. These metaphorical terms…

Fallacies and biases 
– feedback letter

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Dear fellow thinkers, It is already last week that we have explored fallacies and biases together. As you are heading off to further steps of…

Logical thinking and reasoning 
– feedback letter

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Dear Students of the Postgraduate School of Thinking, Let me start off this concluding letter with an expression of gratitude for the fine and intellectually…

Critical Thinking

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Dear Fellow SoThinkers, Toute classification est une théorie déguisée, et ce n'est pourtant qu'en classant les faits qu'on pourra se mouvoir dans le dédale sans…

Five OSB-funded scholarships for VUB students and researchers!

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Five OSB-funded scholarships for VUB students and researchers to join the 2019/2020 cohort (Year Alpha) of the Postgraduate School of Thinking VUB.…

Fallacies and biases

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Dear fellow thinkers, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the second Thinking Toolkit module, entitled ‘Fallacies and biases’. This letter is intended to…

Logical thinking and reasoning

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Dear Students of the Postgraduate School of Thinking, We will meet on Friday, October 4th, for our seminar on “Logical thinking and reasoning”. In order…

Year Alpha fully booked!

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The first stage of admissions to the 2019/2020 student cohort (‘Year Alpha’: the regular track) has ended on August 20 and all available places have…