„Lateral thinking... is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight restructuring.“

—  Edward de Bono, Context: Lateral thinking... is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight restructuring. Lateral thinking can be learned, practised and used. It is possible to acquire skill in it just as it is possible to acquire skill in mathematics. p. 5; Preface.
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