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A Synthesizing Mind

A Synthesizing Mind

Howard Gardner


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In the twenty-first century, the most important kind of mind will be the synthesizing mind.



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Multiple Intelligences Theory

Multiple Intelligences Theory

Intelligence is problem-solving and question-raising ability within an area you value.

People have unique profiles across 8 intelligences - like linguistic, logical, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist.

Content matters more than a single “general intelligence.”


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The Five Key Minds

The Five Key Minds

There are 5 minds vital for cognition - respectful, ethical, disciplined, creating and synthesizing.

Respectful and ethical govern social interactions. Disciplined, creating and synthesizing describe thinking and learning.

You need discipline to master a domain before meaningful synthesis or creativity.


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The Synthesizing Mind

The Synthesizing Mind

Synthesizing means taking in information then organizing it usefully for yourself and others.

Psychology doesn’t really explain this: You synthesize using your own favored intelligences.

  • Asking good questions and articulating reasons are crucial.
  • Metaphorical thinking helps capture connections.


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Varieties of Synthesis

Varieties of Synthesis

  • Synthesis varies - from conventional textbook summaries to original ideas advancing knowledge.
  • “Hedgehog” syntheses make one grand point while “fox-like” syntheses embrace plurality.
  • Synthesis requires artistry in structure, arrangement and communication.
  • Data constraints distinguish it from pure art.


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How The Synthesizers Mind Works

How The Synthesizers Mind Works

Synthesizers exhibit wide curiosity, ask good questions, have broad knowledge, read widely, collect information, oscillate between wandering and focus, and connect concepts across disciplines.

Consider your nature, goals, and favored intelligences to evaluate synthesizing abilities.


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A Continuum of Synthesis

A Continuum of Synthesis

  • Synthesis encompasses everything from school assignments to original ideas advancing knowledge.
  • Some syntheses make one key point while others delight in plurality.
  • Data constraints and communication artistry distinguish synthesis from pure creation.


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We should spend less time ranking children and more time helping them to identify their natural competencies and gifts and cultivate these. There are hundreds and hundreds of ways to succeed and many, many different abilities that will help you get there.



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The Greeks were right.


A Synthesizing Mind is a memoir from the creator of Multiple Intelligences Theory, written by renowned psychologist Howard Gardner. The book was published in 2020 and provides a look into Gardner's life and work, including his theories on multiple intelligences and the Five Minds. It provides an in-depth look at how Gardner arrived at his theories and how they have been applied in educational contexts. The book also explores how Gardner's theories can be applied to a wide range of fields, from business and healthcare to technology, media, and the arts.

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