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What is the basic premise of higher-level of thinking?

Master Stephen Co
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

The following story illustrates the principle of higher-level thinking. Two men were fishing on the side of a river one day. Suddenly, they heard some screams coming from the water. They looked to the far side of the river bank and saw a woman struggling against the rapid current. One of the men jumped in to rescue her. The current was strong, and he was nearly pulled downstream himself. But with great effort, he managed to grab her and drag her to shore. She wasn’t breathing, but they finally resuscitated her. By this time the other man had called 911 on his cell phone, and an ambulance had arrived, so they put the woman into the ambulance. Since they were now exhausted, the men decided to call it a day. As they were packing up their gear, they again heard screams from the water. They looked up to see two teenagers being swept along in the river, buffeted by the current and sharp rocks. The other man jumped into the river and again, after a heroic effort, pulled the two to safety. This time, the first man had called 911 and another ambulance had arrived. Almost immediately there were more screams coming from the water, and the fishermen saw two more people who seemed to be trapped in the torrent. The second man jumped in, saved the two and dragged them up onto shore, where they were put into a third ambulance. This pattern was repeated several more times: People struggled in the river, and the fishermen took turns pulling them out. What the men didn’t see - nor did they think of looking for - was a crazed man a third of a mile up the river throwing people off a bridge.

Now, could these men have addressed the problem of drowning people in the river in another, more effective, way? They could have continued to rescue the people once they were already in the river, perhaps swimming faster and working more quickly. This would be working at the immediate level of the problem, which would be a time-consuming and ultimately unsuccessful approach. Or they could have strung a rope across the river to enable the people to catch on as they were swept downstream. This would be working with a little more creativity and at a little higher level. It would have enabled them to catch more people with greater efficiency and less effort, but doubtless, some people would still drown. Or, they could have worked at a much higher level, at its source, which would be preventing the crazed man on the bridge from throwing people over to begin with.

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