David Brooks, the political commentator at The New York Times, has an interesting column today titled “Forecasting Fox” (March 22. 2013). His writing provokes broader thinking, whether there is agreement on his views or not. Today’s column is not about a political viewpoint but about the ability to make better forecasts.
What caught my attention was this:
The teams with training that engaged in probabilistic thinking performed best. The training involved learning some of the lessons included in Daniel Kahneman’s great work, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” For example, they were taught to alternate between taking the inside view and the outside view.
Training the mind to alternate between taking the inside view and the outside view is precisely what my guided meditation CD Being in Flow: Meditations for Peace, Insight, Clarity, and Focus does.
The track Insight into Problems (13 minutes and 24 seconds) trains the mind to have an inside view and an outside view for better problem solving. It makes the mind more open and less subject to conditioned thinking and behaviors. The thinking process is more divergent. This way of perceiving is helpful in everything from research, family relationships, challenging situations, political predictions or policy making, math problems, artistic or writing creativity, innovation of any kind, making corporate decisions, looking at a legal case, trading and quantitative analysis, really anything.
There are many points where we can observe direct convergence of behavioral economics, psychology, science, and yoga/meditation philosophy. Each seems to affirm the other on several aspects, and yoga meditation provides practical training to theory.