This is kind of a tough question because the words knowledge and thinking can be defined in different ways. For example, type "kinds of knowledge" and "kinds of thinking" into Google, and you'll get some apparent answers to my question.
However, some of them suggest there are three different kinds of knowledge or thinking, but I'm looking at it in a slightly different way.
One of the most important things taught in schools is communication skills (reading and writing). Math is also a core subject in elementary school onward. Science is also taught in schools.
So here are three "kinds of thinking/knowledge" to begin with. But there are additional categories that are a little more vague than communication, math and science. For example, political science overlaps with ethics, which is highly arbitrary. Religion and spirituality are yet another way of looking at the world around us. Ditto for philosophy. And let's not forget the arts - acting, music, etc.
So it's a little hard for me to even formulate a question. But if you glance at my tentative outline below, what word would you fill in the blank with? I could call them Nine Major Kinds of Knowledge or Thinking, Nine Major Aptitudes, etc.
However, I'm not sure if those are the best terms. Can you think of any better terms or synonyms?
NINE MAJOR ________
- communication skills (reading and writing)
survival skills (formerly used to find food and shelter, though largely lost as people have become more "civilized")
political science (similar to social sciences but incorporates ethics)
- creative thinking (the arts, for example)