RE: " ... Lateral thinking can involve wrong answers..."
Of course it can! I am a lateral thinker and also use vertical thinking with visual patterns to solve many complex problems rapidly, and I resent that (cherry picked) remark. Is it then implied that vertical thinking is wrong answers free? Please... Dream on! An obvious example, it is not so? Vertical thinking computer programmers and their results! Ho! Got you there.
How does the author of this article think it makes minority thinkers and the left handed feel, reading such a statement?
Many left handed people are also lateral thinkers. I sometimes want to join the LGBTQ society, if they'll adopt me. I have felt so discriminated against by the "majority" thinkers and "put in my place," as if my input was usually not wanted, even though it was relevant and problem solving, especially at committee meetings. A vertical thinker at the meeting takes my thought, changes it a bit, reintroduces it and gets the credit for it. How many times has that happened to lateral thinkers, I wonder? It was correct problem solving but the thought was rejected due to fuzzy presentation?
The online thesaurus has these synonyms for the 'left- handed': adj. using left hand or awkward. (Strike one). Ambilevous, clumsy, gauche, maladroit, sinistral, awkward, dubious, insincere, sinister, southpaw. Oh, really?
We might as well be burned at the stake., be handled as lepers, permanent flu and Ebola spreaders. Insincere? Good grief. As the kids say, "I might as well eat worms." Women's rights pursuits are de rigeur nowadays, but how about including "Left-Handed and lateral thinkers Rights" as well? After all, there are also lateral thinking and left handed women.
@Makerrag: You are absolutely correct and your illustration is splendid. I have continuously had the experiences mentioned under similar circumstances. All of them. To use a popular example: If one studies the old movies of the Three Musketeers compared to the protagonist in "The Highlander," the Highlander is more of a vertical thinker, whereas the Three Musketeers are portrayed as being more lateral thinkers. My opinion. There. I proved that this lateral thinker can introduce peripheral distant examples into the conversation.