Abstract Thinking


It is well known that to link creativity and imagination in a piece of work, abstract thinking is most necessary. So I wonder how many of us actually know abstract thinking. For starters, the phrase just gives us a caption under which some of the newly held examination patterns have a few questions based on it. But in truth abstract thinking is not just limited to that. Most dictionaries would describe abstract thinking to be a process of eliminating unwanted information from a passage and retaining only what is necessary. Well that is the truth, but only in part.

Abstract thinking also includes thinking out of the box, the reason for which it is termed to be the link between creativity and pure imagination. Everyone has some creativity in some form or the other, may it be in cooking, painting, dancing, playing, writing and so on. But what defines a true form of art is when one imagines a situation, out of the blue, without any connections to what he has learnt, read, heard or seen and recreates the same in his/her work. That is when the creation becomes unique. So here is a small question on how well you can think in abstraction :-

“It is well known that airborne particles can’t traverse in the opposite direction of the wind. Now putting the same theory in a medium sized waterfall in a forest. If the water at the top from the river is clean, but at the bottom it meets a humid pool having numerous waterborne organisms then can an animal drinking water from that river on top get infected with the disease, provided that the organism can affect the animal?”

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