Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hayek and Feynman on Different Types of Thinking

Do we all think in the same manner?

Highly unlikely.

I just came across this fascinating discussion by the famous physicist Richard Feynman on his discovery that people may think in different manners:

This brought to my mind the essay by F.A Hayek,Two Types of Minds.

Hayek and Feynman are not both discussing the exact same thing, but it is fascinating that both of them seemed to recognize that others thought about things in different manners. Their two observations seem to dovetail, there's probably a lot to expand on and explore here.


  1. The great blues guitarist B B King once stated to Don Imus that he could not sing and play a riff at the same time. He had to construct his songs so he could sing a line and then answer it with his guitar.


  2. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" is a great read. It's easy to find on the Internet and I don't think it's copyrighted.

  3. In Los Angeles, I saw Alan Alda play Feynman in a play that stayed true to the stories in "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman"

  4. Hawkeye as Feynman...that would be interesting.