Two Types of Mind

“Types of Mind.” Encounter 45 (September 1975).


“Accident has drawn my attention to the contrast between two types of scientific thinking which I have since again and again been watching with growing fascination. I have long wished to describe the difference but have been deterred by the egotistic character such an account is bound to assume. My interest in it is largely due to the fact that I myself represent a rather extreme instance of the more unconventional type, and that to describe it inevitably means largely talking about myself and must appear like an apology for not conforming to a recognized standard. I have now come to the conclusion, however, that the recognition of the contribution students of this type can make may have important consequences for policy and higher education, and that for this reason such an account may serve a useful purpose.”

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