For affluent middle-class people, this right-brained artistic approach to life is just great; it makes you happier and makes your life more “fulfilled”. However, one thing you never mentioned is how poor people will never have enough security to be able to adopt a right-brained approach to life. Spending time finding meaning in life and playing and drawing is great, but what about helping people dying all over the world. If someone becomes selfless and devotes their charmed life to underprivileged people, don’t you think their life would be much better than if they lived in a colorful 3 story house?
This is probably not the only question I will ask, but here is one for now:Obviously there is a lot of contradictory information in your book. Some people don't believe in it at all. How do you try to effectively communicate the necessities of right brain skills to them? How can you make them understand?
Mr. Pink, would you say that you have mastered the six right-brain aptitudes described in your book? If so, did writing this book help you master them?
Mr. Pink,In A Whole New Mind you tell of six different "senses" that are vital to success in the new Conceptual Age, and tell of how one can acquire these senses. But do you think that people in the future will have to hold all of these senses in order to succeed, or can they still survive with only one or a couple of the senses?
In the chapter, Symphony, you talk about how metaphor-making is vital and that everthing that has been created came from an idea off of something else. Do you believe that some of the most original ideas from the past came from a representation from another? For example, egyptian pyramids?
Mr. Pink-After completing all of your information and research on the six senses and on the left and right brain thinking, do you find yourself thinking differently about the future, about your future, or about the world in general in a different way?
What is the most important sense to you? Which one do you like or think is the most necessary and why? I'm curious to know this one. =D
In your book "A Whole New Mind" you talk of these six senses that will be vital for success in the future. Do you think that the school system is adapting students to these senses and the "Conceptual Age" to come? And if not, what changes do you think are needed for the students to be properly prepared for the "Conceptual Age"?
Mr. Pink-I agree that the six senses will bring us into the Conceptual Age. However, will people need to adopt these concepts in order to progress, or will the Conceptual Age come of its own accord without people trying to achieve the six senses?
Here's two questions for now...I'll see if i can think of better ones a little later.How do you think our school system can incorporate meaning? Currently, church and state are separated (not that meaning has to do with only religion). Is the school only allowing us to use one side of our brain? Another question is how do you feel music has an impact on education?
To clarify my first question, I meant how do you effectively communicate the importance of right brain skills to left brainers? Maybe some will believe you, but some won't.
Upon reading through AWNM, I noticed many similarities between the six senses. I started to think that it would be possible to divide the right-brain aptitudes in other ways than design, symphony, play, meaning, story, and empathy. So, I want to know if Design, symphony, empathy, play, meaning, and story were the original titles of these aptitudes, or were they originally named and divided some other way?
Another question: Writing and publishing a book takes a lot of effort. One has to really believe in what they're writing to go through all the work to get something published, so what inspired you to write this book? Why did you pour so much time and effort into its writing?
Mr. Pink, After compiling all of your research for this book, do you wish that you had looked into a different career, or that you had chosen something else to do.
In the book A Whole New Mind, I noticed that it is mainly directed at how left-brained people have to change. Is there anything that right-brained dominant people have to work on (such as skills, characteristics ect.) that will help them improve their standing in the world?
Did you ever intend for your book to be read by high schoolers (freshman at that)? Do you think a younger generation will get more or less out of your book?
After completing the book AWNM I read the afterword and there was when you finally flat out said that, "these altitudes reside in all of us and need only to be nurtured into being." Why did you wait until the afterword (something most people do not read) to mention that. Also, if you are trying to push that we all need to live more whole lives using the whole of our brain then why did you divide this book in to such precise sections and name them specific things?? Why did you not have your book be an example of your ideas?
Why did you choose Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning as the six senses? What made them really stand out that you decided to put them as the senses in the book?
Mr. Pink, you explain in your book A Whole New Mind, that we all need to get in touch with our androgynous minds, well it seems that men are usually the ones running Fortune 100 companies, so how would multimillion dollar companies be affected, if the men running them got more in touch with their “feminine side”?
Mr. Pink, what do you think schools should do to incorporate the six senses? Should they be taught specifically like Math and English or is there another method? At the same time, do schools still need to put such a high emphasis on Math and Science if the future is going to be more creative and personal?
Mr. Pink, my big question is based on a speech given by a Sir Ken (I can't remember his last name). He told a story about a girl who they thought had ADHD, but in reality, just loved to dance.Thus, do you think that some people who we treat with pills really don't need them? Maybe these people just have a different mode of expression that comes from seeing things with right-brain dominance?In other words: Do we need to be giving kids medication, or should we help them find their greatest skills and help them employ that through Meaning?
One point I truly remember from a previous blog we had was the choosing for the chapter name, Symphony. What was the reason for choosing this name and why, when a symphony is associated with a musical symphony, did you barely introduce the musical aspect in this chapter? Also, do you feel that there is a time in our life when we are better capable of mastering these senses, or is it all fair game whether we are 7 or 82? Does our age or the spot we are at in our lives affect the way we can take these senses into our own lifestyles?
Daniel-Do you predict a relapse of the Information Age after the Conceptual Age that you talk about? Has there already been a Conceptual Age before? Are these "ages" just a cycle that humans go through?
Daniel-Which of your 6 sences so you think is the most improtant to develope and why?
Dan Pink, I was wondering why you decided to write A Whole New Mind, and where you got the idea to do so?
Mr. PinkWhen do you see the Conceptual Age becoming a reality? You talk about seeing the patterns in society but how far into the future will the business world make the transition into the Conceptual Age?
Daniel Pink- In the first part of the book, you said that due to outsourcing to Asia and because of Automation, The US would become more r-directed. Since the l-directed jobs are going to Asia, will Asia stay l-directed, or will Automation over there replace the l-directed jobs?
Mr. Pink-We were told that on the cover of A Whole New Mind, the message that read "Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the World" was not written by you. But if you believe this is true, why have left-brainers "ruled the world" for so long?
Mr. Pink what exactly was your primary inspiration for writing this book, what did you plan on accomplishing or teaching other people about and do you think that you have accomplished that goal?
One of your main points for our transition into the "Conceptual Age" was "abundance." If we went into a recession, therefore taking away the factor of abundance, do you think your six senses and right-brained concepts would still be applicable?
rsabey said... Mr. Pink, I have thought alot about what one Question I am going to ask you... so here it goes. Do right brained people tend to "get" mentel ilness more often due to the way they are "programed" to think? Where this question came from- The whole thing where if you only had a left side of a brain and someone yelled at you to go clean yur room you would only understand what you were told to do, not the anger that it was told to you in, and visa versa.-Also alot of artists, poets, and writters have/ had deppresion etc.Thank you Mr. PinkFebruary 23, 2008 1:33 PM ParkerH said... I also wasn't sure where to put my question, so I put it here. Mr. Pink, I have been saying, "everything in moderation" many times this year, and I would like to ask if you agree with this statement, and why or why not.February 24, 2008 10:18 AM maddieh said... Thanks, Rachel. I couldn't find a place either. I was wondering if you ever felt that you have created a complete, androgynous mind like the kind you talk about in your book? Are you satisfied being left or right-brain (whichever you are) or are you still striving for a "whole new mind"?February 24, 2008 12:54 PM
Mr. Pink, You have said that the right oriented skills will become a necessity for success in the future. In history there has been a lot of flip-flopping from right to left brain dominant "ages" such as the Dark Ages transitioned into the extremely artistic Rennaisance. Do you think that in the future, the left brain will become the more favorable side of the brain again? Or has this trend in history come to an end?
Mr. Pink,In writing A Whole New Mind, what things surprised you about the attention the book has received. And if so, how has the attention of the book changed the way you view your life.
Mr. Pink,According to your book, Henry Ford says, “When we are at work we are to be at work. When we are at play we ought to be at play. There is no use trying to mix the two." Do you think it is ever important just to be playing or just to be working?
Mr. Pink-How do you feel the six senses in A Whole New Mind act as driving forces for someone to want to change their lives or search for something greater then themselves? Does having a whole new mind influence this change in thinking?
Ahhh, I'm so sorry, I couldn't connect to the web, but here goes,Mr. Pink, you claim to be a left-brained individual. In your mind, does this make you more or less entitled to review subjects pertaining to a right-brained mind or individual?Also, I am really very curious about why you didn't put more information about music in the symphony chapter. Doesn't the actual meaning of the word symphony have to do with music? -Mac
Mr. Pink, in your book, you mention that most people, even those in poverty are more concerned with searching for meaning in their lives than their basic needs. How can people in poverty be concerned with meaning? I think that they would be more focused on just putting food on the table.
Mr. Pink-Is it possible that the economy and world has already undergone one of these changes before and simply changed back? Are there possible shifts that occur different times during history, that have maybe occured before? Do you think that we could have undergone a switch to the left-brain years and years ago and are now switching back?~Liz
Mr. Pink,What first inspired you to write this book, where did you get your ideas?
Mr. Pink-I'm going to keep it simple: Do you think the people who design boring classes don't have either Symphony and/or Design, as compared to people who have made exciting classrooms?
Mr. Pink,Which sense do you think will profit schools the most to teach to their students?
Are there any of the six sense that you think are particularly important, or maybe one that isn't as necessary as the others?
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